Manor Marussia cleared to race

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Manor F1 Team

Manor F1 Team

Manor Marussia will race in Formula 1 for the first time since last year's Russian Grand Prix after the stewards granted approval for Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens, despite neither driving qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Merhi's time in Q1 was outside of the 107% mark while Stevens did not take part in the session due to a fuel pressure problem on his car.

However, both drivers posted times within the 107% barriers earlier in the weekend.

"We were hoping to make the 107% time today, and that is what we have been pushing for through the weekend," said Merhi, who will start from 19th position.

"Unfortunately we missed out by 0.4s in the end. In the three sessions Will has shown that the car is thereabouts on pace, while I had a spin in FP3 today so, along with yesterday, I have not been able to achieve the consistent running I wanted to for the team.

"Coming into this, our first weekend on track, we were aware that we have a lot of hard work to do and that this is just the start. So although we are disappointed for the qualifying result, we have to keep focus on what we have achieved to be here and to be able to begin our development."

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