Manor confirms return to Formula 1

By on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Manor F1 Team

Manor F1 Team

Manor has confirmed that it will compete in next weekend's Australian Grand Prix, ensuring that 10 teams will start the new campaign.

Manor revealed that Stephen Fitzpatrick is the team's new investor and that former Sainsbury's CEO Justin King - father of GP2 racer Jordan - will act as interim team chairman.

Graeme Lowdon and John Booth will continue as president & sporting director and team principal respectively.

An interim car - which still needs to pass final crash tests - will be used to begin with, before a new car will be introduced later in the season.

"I want to thank all of the teams, the FIA, Formula One Management, our suppliers and staff and of course all of the fans for the support we’ve received over the past six months," said Lowdon.

"It has been a challenging period for all of us but we’ve come through it and now we just want to go racing again. With formidable new business leadership in Stephen Fitzpatrick and the board presence of Justin King we are now in a great place ahead of the new season. This is a fantastic and very rewarding moment for all those involved with the team."

Manor added that a team-mate for Will Stevens will be announced at a later date.

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