TRYING HARD: Manor Marussia's Roberto Merhi and the team tried hard to get its cars ready for Australia - so have escaped a no-show penalty. Image: Shutterstock.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Manor Marussia has escaped sanction after being probed by Formula 1's governing body for failing to put its cars on track at the season-opening Australian Formula 1 GP on Sunday (March 15 2015).
Recently re-born after coming out of administration, the British-based team transported its vehicles to Albert Park but was unable to get them to run in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of the race which was won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.
Team principal John Booth, blaming software problems and other glitches, said it was important that the team had made the trip and tried to get its cars in action.
The International Automobile Federation said it was satisfied that Manor had "used all reasonable endeavours" to prepare its cars. "The stewards will take no further action during the event."
The Ferrari-powered team missed the final three races of 2014 after going into administration and took revised 2014 cars, tweaked to meet 2015 safety regulations, to Melbourne. They were read only a few days before the race as Spanish rookie Roberto Merhi was named to partner Britain's Will Stevens.
Booth said on Saturday (March 14 2015), the day before the Australian race, that he hoped the team would race at either the next round in Malaysia on March 29 or the subsequent one in China on April 12.
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