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2015-03-15 13:45

MISSING IN OZ: Manor driver Will Stevens greets fans in Melbourne though his team did not participate during the 2015 Australian GP Image: AP/ Ross Land

MELBOURNE, Australia - Manor Marussia have escaped sanction following a probe by the International Automobile Federation.

The team failed to put its cars on the track at the season-opening 2015 Australian GP on Sunday (March 15).

Manor Marussia, recently re-born after coming out of administration, transported its vehicles to Albert Park but were unable to field its cars in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of the Melbourne race won by Lewis Hamilton.

SOFTWARE TO BLAME

Blaming software problems and other glitches, team principal John Booth said it was important they had made the trip and tried to get their cars in action.

The FIA said it was satisfied the team had "used all reasonable endeavours" to ready its cars.

An FIA statement said: "Therefore the stewards take no further action during the event."

The Ferrari-powered team missed the final three races of 2014 after going into administration and took a revised 2014 car, tweaked to meet 2015 safety regulations, to Melbourne.

The team only finalised its driver line-up days before the race, naming rookie Roberto Merhi to partner Will Stevens.

Booth said he was hopeful the team would race at either the next round in Malaysia on March 29 or the subsequent one in China (April 12).

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