Manor are closer to their highly anticipated Formula 1 return after the team's 2014 car passed all the mandatory FIA crash tests.

The team are now cleared to race in Australia next week for the Formula 1 season opener after completing the safety sign-off from the sport's governing body.

The Manor F1 team will run an upgraded version of Marussia's 2014 car with a Ferrari power unit in Melbourne.

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Manor's Twitter feed broke the news stating: "Our big news of today is that we have now passed the FIA crash tests. Well done team! That's it - we're all set for Melbourne!"

The British team plan to work on a new 2015 car during the early stages of the season and confirmed they will look to introduce it by the time the European rounds commence, which could see it appear as early as the Spanish Grand Prix on 8-10 May.

Will Stevens has already been announced as the team's first driver and Manor are expected to name a second driver in the coming days before they travel to Australia.

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Good news.