Manor looking for ‘quick young’ drivers to fill second seat

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Graeme Lowdon says Manor Marussia is chasing a promising young driver to complete the team’s all-new driver line-up for the 2015 season opener in Australia.

The team, which exited administration last month thanks to fresh investment from OVO Energy boss Stephen Fitzpatrick, has confirmed it will race in next week’s Australian Grand Prix.

One-time Caterham racer Will Stevens, who made his Formula 1 debut at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has already signed to drive for the team, leaving one single free seat – the last available on the 2015 grid.

“We are in discussion, very detailed and very advanced discussion, with some very quick young guys,” Manor team director Lowdon told Reuters.

“Manor has always had a history of bringing some great driving talent on to the grid and we really want to try and continue that.

“There are some young, quick guys around,” he added.

“What we are looking for is a quick driver and with the right temperament to have the challenges that they are going to have in a small team facing this kind of comeback.

“It’s not a straightforward decision but hopefully one we can make very soon.”

Manor will race a modified version of its 2014 car at the opening rounds of the season, with a full 2015 specification car set to follow later in the year.

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

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