CUTTING IT CLOSE: Marussia hopes to race at the 2015 Aus GP in March though the FIA warned the team will only be allowed to race 'if in full compliance with 2015 technical regulations'. Image: AFP / Alexander Nemenov
LONDON, England - Team founder John Booth is confident that the former Marussia team will make it to Melbourne for the first Formula 1 race of 2015.
Having fought to secure new investment and convince its creditors to allow and exit from administration, the team has secured a place on the 2015 entry list against all odds - but the race is not won yet.
Tthe team, having initially sought to field its 2014 car in 2015 too and now called Manor Marussia, has now been cautioned by the International Automoble Federation that it will only be allowed to race in Australia "if in full compliance with the 2015 technical regulations".
That will be an uphill battle since creditor auctions saw key equipment sold, the Banbury facility handed over to 2016 entrant Haas, and staff laid off.
Manor - effectively dormant for much of the northern winter - is now based at Booth's original Formula 3 facility in Dinnington, England against the ticking clock of crash tests booked in for March 5 and the air freight deadline for Melbourne looming a one day later.
Booth, however, was confident. "We are very close to getting to Melbourne, everybody's working around the clock to make it. The cars are coming together well and we are working out of several centres, so I'm confident we will get there.
"We are back at Dinnington and we're also using a base at Silverstone race track. The aim is to get everything ready by the end of next week (March 6 2015)."