7 February 2015
Manor steadfast in its F1 return plans
Manor F1 insists it has a legitimate plan to return to F1 in 2015 as it rejected the assertion that its bid 'lacks substance'.
The Manor F1 team has outlined its plans to make a return to the F1 grid in 2015, insisting it will satisfy all the conditions needed to legitimately complete its comeback.
Following the confirmation that Manor – which competed under the Marussia F1 banner – was exiting administration later this month as it sought to secure its place on the F1 grid with new investment, it was attempting to begin the 2015 season with its 2014 cars in the meantime.
However, the move was blocked by rivals Force India, which said it felt Manor's proposal 'lacked substance', an assertion that Manor's Graeme Lowdon flatly rejected.
“It has been a very good step to finally get the CVA process underway this week. This is the first external sign that we have been able to make of all the hard work that has taken place privately over the past four months to get us to our current position.
“I was surprised to hear some of the comments made today, particularly regarding an application we were said to have made to yesterday's meeting, which I can confirm was not the case. We did make a request on 17 December last year and we have been working since to satisfy the requirements subsequently communicated to us, specifically complying with all the Regulations, aside from the exempted articles.
“The comments also mentioned that issues of compliance were raised, that it was felt that our application lacked substance and contained no supporting documentation to reinforce the case for offering special dispensation. Again, we did not make any application to yesterday's Strategy Group meeting and nor were we asked to.”
Following the block, Manor has issued a statement outlining its plans to return and maintain the legitimacy of its plans, pointing out:
“The team was informed on 5 January 2015, that the Strategy Group felt that two teams - Marussia and Caterham - should be permitted to race a 2014 car in the 2015 championship. The letter stated that the Strategy Group agreed that the car should comply with all of the 2015 technical regulations, with the exception of four articles, those articles being Articles 3.7.9, 15.4.3, 15.4.4 and 16.2. The team can confirm that the modifications to its 2014 car would meet this stipulation.”
Insisting the team still had a number of people working for Manor, Lowdon says it is simply his aim to get back to racing and that he is doing everything he can to ensure it happens
“Instead, we are proceeding with our clear process regarding compliance and building our operation. We are doing everything possible to adhere to the process set out for us to return to the 2015 grid. This is a fantastic good news story for the whole sport and we just want to go racing.”
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