Booth confident Manor Marussia will race in Australia

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Manor Marussia team principal John Booth says he is confident that the team will be ready to race at the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The team formerly known as Marussia entered administration late last year and missed the final three races of the season.

Booth and team director Graeme Lowdon battled to save the outfit over the winter, reaching a Voluntary Company Agreement earlier this month to bring the squad out of administration.

Manor Marussia, which has secured a deal in principal to use 2014 specification Ferrari customer engines, was included on the FIA’s 2015 Formula 1 entry list published on Friday.

The team was forced to sell its former Banbury factory to the Haas F1 entry, and is now operating from its former home in Dinnington, but Booth says the team is working hard to get ready for the 2015 season-opener.

“We are very close to getting to Melbourne, everyone’s working round the clock to make it,” Booth told The Yorkshire Post.

“The cars are coming together well and we are working out of several centres, so I’m confident we will get there.

“We are back at Dinnington and we’re also using a base at Silverstone. The aim is to get everything ready by the end of next week.”

Manor Marussia is expected to race an altered version of its 2014-car, to meet this year’s technical regulations.

Will Stevens, who made his Formula 1 debut for Caterham at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is confirmed to drive for the team.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Manor Marussia F1 Team

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