Manor car passes crash tests


Manor have cleared another major final hurdle ahead of the Australian Grand Prix with their car passing the mandatory FIA crash tests.

The Banbury-based squad announced earlier this week that it will compete in the season-opening race at Albert Park after being rescued by investment from Stephen Fitzpatrick.

With the race just over a week ago, the team's upgraded 2014 chassis received last-minute clearance from motorsport's governing body and will now fly to Australia.

The team tweeted: "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!"

Manor will use an updated 2014-spec car with Ferrari engines in Australia before switching to their 2015 machinery later in the year.

Will Stevens has already been confirmed as one of their drivers for Melbourne and they are expected to name a second racer in the coming days.