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Manor Racing reveals new identity, launch date

Manor Racing reveals a new logo and branding ahead of F1 2016, but remains quiet on its driver choice
Manor Racing has unveiled new branding ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season and the launch date of its much anticipated Mercedes-powered car.

The British team, which entered F1 in 2010 as Virgin Racing before being purchased by the Russian Marussia car company, was widely referred to as Manor – in a nod to team's original name without title branding - in 2015 after it was saved from administration, though it was officially referred to as Manor Marussia on the FIA entry list.

For 2016, the British team looks set to be known as Manor Racing following the unveiling of its new logo, while it also confirmed on its Twitter account the launch date of this year's car, to be held on February 22nd – the first day of pre-season testing in the Circuit de Catalunya.

It comes after Manor revealed its as-yet-unnamed chassis passed its mandatory crash test last week, though – with just over a month until testing begins - it is the only team still to announce drivers.

Several names have been linked to the two seats, with Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi potentially forming an unchanged line-up, but well-backed Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto has also been rumoured, while Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein is also considered to be in the running.

Manor enters into a new era for 2016 having sourced latest specification Mercedes power units, though it will do so without founder John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon after both resigned at the end of 2015 following reported disputes with owner Stephen Fitzpatrick, who provided the funding needed to get Manor out of administration twelve months ago.


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