Manor confirm Stevens; eye Aus GP

Manor are going full steam ahead with plans to be on the grid in Melbourne with the outfit confirming Will Stevens as one of their drivers for 2015.

The Banbury-based squad, which raced as Marussia last year, missed the final three races of the 2014 season due to financial problems and went into administration in November before ceasing trading.

However, they came out of administration earlier in February while Ferrari have agreed to supply them with 2014 engines.

The team took another major stride forward in terms of competing at the season-opening race in Australia by announcing  Stevens as their driver.

The 23-year-old, who was part of the Marussia Reserve Driver in 2014, made his Formula 1 debut with Caterham at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.

"It’s very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team," Stevens said.

"It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne.

"My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can’t wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks’ time."

Manor are yet to confirm which car they will race in Melbourne should they make it, with the team statement adding: "The car with which Manor will begin the season is now in an advanced stage of build at the team’s current race preparation facility in Dinnington, UK, where personnel are working 24-7 towards the air freight despatch date of 6 March."

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