The Manor Marussia Formula One team has confirmed its intentions to return in time for the Australian Grand Prix next week.
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The team went into administration in October and missed the final three races of the 2014 season, but OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick has come to the rescue as its principal investor.
Marussia officials told reporters on Thursday morning that it intended to run a two-car operation in Melbourne, but had yet to pass the FIA’s crash test with its updated 2014 car.
However, team president Graeme Lowden said Marussia would be ready to go for Practice 1 in Melbourne next Friday.
“We are ready to go racing,” Lowden is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“The last few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster, to say the least.”
Will Stevens has been announced as one of its drivers, although he has not yet claimed an FIA super licence required to race in F1.
Marussia will announce its second driver in the coming days.