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F1: Manor signs Stevens and plans to race in Australia

The Manor Marussia Formula One team, formerly Marussia, is pushing ahead with its plans to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The team announced last week that it was exiting administration, taking another step towards a return to racing with its 2014 cars.

Ferrari confirmed last week it had agreed to supply the team with its 2014 power units.

On Wednesday, Manor said the cars with which it plans to compete in Melbourne are in advanced “state of build”.

“The approval by the Company’s creditors on 19 February 2015 to a Company Voluntary Arrangement paves the way for the team to exit from administration and since that time everyone involved with Manor has been working flat out on the key components of its 2015 challenge,” said Manor in a statement.

“The car with which Manor will begin the season is now in an advanced stage of build at the team’s current race preparation facility in Dinnington, UK, where personnel are working 24-7 towards the air freight dispatch date of 6 March.

“As the sport counts down to the curtain-raising 2015 Australian Grand Prix in 18 days’ time, Manor is now in a position to be able to provide regular updates on its preparations for Melbourne and wider plans for the season, including the completion of its driver line-up.”

Stevens to pilot one of the cars
The Dinnington-based squad has announced Will Stevens as one of its race drivers.

Stevens, who was a reserve driver for Marussia, made his Formula One debut with Caterham at the end of last year.

“It’s very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team,” said Stevens.

“It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne.

“My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can’t wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks’ time.”

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F1: Caterham hands Stevens debut in Abu Dhabi

Caterham has confirmed Will Stevens will race alongside Kamui Kobayashi as the team makes its return at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Caterham entered administration last month but has raised enough funds via a crowd-sourcing website to arrive in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Its participation should help protect its entry for 2015, which is its most valuable asset, as the administrators look for a buyer to take on the team.

Stevens tested the Caterham at the Silverstone test after the British Grand Prix this year and was lined up to drive a Marussia in Japan before problems with his getting his superlicence on time. However, Caterham confirmed on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s race that Stevens was ready and able to race in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be getting this opportunity and am very grateful to everyone involved at Caterham F1 Team for giving it to me,” Stevens said. “I feel ready for the challenge of my F1 debut and look forward to working as part of the Team in a race environment after all the work we’ve done together previously in the tests I’ve completed and back at Leafield in the sim. Hopefully this will be something we will be able to carry through to the 2015 season together”.

Gianluca Pisanello, Caterham F1 Team head of engineering operations added: “We know Will very well through his involvement in the Caterham Racing Academy and more importantly he has done a vast amount of time in our simulator, completing around 10,000km, which has built his experience both of this year’s car and with the engineering team that are going to Abu Dhabi. In addition, his 2014 test at Silverstone in our current car, where he completed over 500kms, was very successful and his race pace was very good. As a result, he was one of our best candidates for this race weekend and we are delighted to have secured his services for our return to the F1 grid. We in fact signed Will last week but have had to wait for confirmation of his Super licence before making our announcement.”

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