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2015-03-06 09:14

HEADED FOR OZ: The Manor F1 team posted an image of driver Will Steven's helmet with the words "Forza Jules", a tribute to injured Marussia driver Jules Bianchi. Image: Manor F1

LONDON, England - Manor Marussia Formula 1 team is at last on its way to the season-opening Melbourne Formula 1 GP.

The revived team officially launched its 2015 car earlier in March but was still scrambling to prepare a car for the new regulations and the modified 2014 car was crash-tested on Thursday (March 5).

The team confimed on Twitter: "We passed! That's it,", "we're all set for Melbourne!"

WILL IT BE READY?

A spokesman told Germany's Bild newspaper: "The team has prepared the cars with which it will start the 2015 season. They meet the 2015 regulations. Later in the season we will introduce a new specification."

Manor later posted a photo of a truck leaving its Dinnington HQ in England:

However, key questions remain.

Speed Week wonders if Manor, recognising how uncompetitive it will be in Melbourne and given the 107% qualifying rule, will simply attend scrutineering in Melbourne and then pack up for Malaysia.

There is also the matter of, just a week before Melbourne practice, finding a team mate for driver Will Stevens - one who has a superlicence.

Team president Graeme Lowdon told Reuters: "We are in discussion, very detailed and very advanced discussion, with some very quick young guys."

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