Maurizio Arrivabene says a deal is being done to supply F1 engines to Manor-Marussia should it achieve its objective of returning to the 2015 F1 grid.

The Italian manufacturer supplied Marussia in 2014 prior to its slip into administration towards the end of last year, but is currently attempting to forge a return to the grid in 2015.

Having had a CVA approved to exit administration yesterday [19th February], Arrivabene confirmed that a deal has been formulated to ensure its will use 2014 specification Ferrari engines should it be permitted to race.

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"We said yesterday we would supply them with 2014 engines. Nothing is in writing at the moment but the answer is yes."

The comments can be seen as a boost for Manor given Ferrari is likely to be one of its largest creditors for use of its power unit.

As it stands, Manor's current plans are to compete in the opening three rounds with an interim version of its 2014 car, with a view to bringing a new 2015 model to the fourth round in Bahrain.

However, hurdles remain for Manor's burgeoning bid following the decision by rivals to block its request to use its 2014 car in the short-term. Nonetheless, the FIA has expressed support for the bid, with the team paying its entrance fee.

The opening round of the 2015 F1 World Championship takes place on 15th March in Australia.