Bernie Ecclestone believes Manor had no intention of running at the Australian Grand Prix and says it will face a charge for its freight after its no-show.
The recently rescued Manor squad failed to take to the track over the course of the race weekend after encountering a software problem which delayed the preparation of its cars.
Manor avoided a penalty from the FIA as it was considered to have made an endeavour to compete, but F1 supremo Ecclestone has hit out at the team and says he expects it to pay for the freight costs to and from Australia, which are usually free.
“We should have never ever, ever allowed Manor to do what they’ve done,” Ecclestone told Reuters. “It’s our fault. I predicted this would happen.
“They had no intention of racing in Australia. Zero. They couldn’t have raced if someone had gone there with a machine gun and put it to their head.
“It was impossible. So they had no intention. We’ll have to see now. And they will have to pay their way to get there and get out of there.”
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