Manor escape punishment

Date published: March 15 2015

Manor will not be punished for failing to run in qualifying for the Australian GP after stewards deemed they had done all they could.

Although Manor were in Melbourne for this weekend's season-opening grand prx, neither Will Stevens nor Roberto Merhi put in even a single lap in any of the practice sessions.

It culminant in a no-show in qualifying and again in Sunday's grand prix but despite this Manor will not be penalised.

The Australian GP stewards, who were given information by both the team and the FIA's technical delegate, determined that there had "not been a breah of Articl 13.2".

Their ruling was based on Manor attending the event, bringing their equipment with them, taking part in scrutineering and continuing to "work and do all within its ability to enable" both cars to compete.

Added to that, the stewards agreed that the team would "not have been able to achieve a software configuration that allowed the 2 cars to the be operated in Practice or Qualifying sessions, even if they had worked outside curfew requirements."

They therefore decided to take no further action against the team.