Manor's 2016 F1 car has successfully passed its final crash test and has received the green light ahead of pre-season testing next month.

After missing all of 2015's pre-season testing as well as failing to make the grid at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after falling into administration, the Banbury-based squad completed the crash test at its first attempt.

Manor returns to F1 this season with huge optimism having secured new Mercedes power units and Williams-prepared gearboxes as part of a technical arrangement. The team is expected to give the new car its debut outing at the first pre-season test in Barcelona which starts on the 22nd February.

The F1 squad also recently announced former Ferrari, McLaren and Benetton designer Nikolas Tombazis as its new chief aerodynamicist who will work closely with technical director John McQuilliam.

The final piece of the puzzle still missing for Manor is its 2016 driver line-up; with Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto, Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi all being linked.



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