The Manor Marussia F1 Team will race as Manor Racing for the 2016 Formula 1 season.
The backmarker outfit has operated under a variety of guises since its debut in 2010, firstly as Virgin Racing (2010), then Marussia Virgin Racing (2011) and Marussia (2012-14) as it underwent a number of ownership changes.
Following yet another ownership change to Stephen Fitzpatrick after the team was placed into administration at the end of the 2014 season, it re-emerged as the Manor F1 Team and raced with the 2014 Marussia chassis modified to the 2015 technical regulations. The team failed to come close to scoring a points’ finish with its outdated package.
With Fitzpatrick having completely taken over the reins following the resignation of the team’s co-founders John Booth and Graeme Lowdon, the outfit has applied to the FIA to be known as ‘Manor Racing’ for the forthcoming season.
It has also unveiled a new corporate logo, which it revealed on its Twitter feed (pictured right).
The team has since switched to Mercedes power for 2016 and bolstered its technical and management teams with the appointments of Dave Ryan (Racing Director), John McQuilliam (Technical Director) and Nikolas Tombazis (Chief Aerodynamicist).
Its 2016 chassis has also passed the mandatory FIA crash tests and is expected to be unveiled on February 22, ahead of the first pre-season test sessions in Barcelona.
The team is still to confirm who will drive its cars. Current drivers Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi are considered contenders alongside GP2 Series race-winner Rio Haryanto and former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
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