Step by step, Manor are performing the miracle. Formerly known as Marussia, Manor GP existed administration through a Company Voluntary Arrangement last week and have today announced Will Stevens as their first 2015 driver, along with a statement of intent, suggesting that the team are on course to appear on the grid at the curtain raiser in Melbourne.
The twenty-three year old Brit was always a likely candidate to take up a role if the Manor dream was ever to manifest itself – prior to their administration last season, Stevens became the team’s reserve driver and his outing with Caterham in Abu Dhabi added another attractive feature to his CV. Fernando Alonso’s team radio message – “he has a lot to learn” – has certainly not put Manor off.
“It’s very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team,” Stevens stated. “It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne.”
It is certainly exciting to see how the improbable dream is coming to fruition for Manor. It has been such a challenging time for everyone involved at Banbury and now, they are aiming to meet the deadline for shipping parts to Melbourne on March 6th. I would expect to see an announcement regarding their second driver with the next few days and it appears to be a race which is wide open.