Manor’s 2016 chassis has passed the mandatory FIA crash test ahead of the opening pre-season test in February, the British team announced on Twitter.
After emerging out of administrator in 2015, Manor ran a modified version of their 2014 chassis, mated to an equally old Ferrari engine.
However, with key recruitments from Ferrari and McLaren, and more development time, Manor has designed and developed a brand new chassis for the upcoming season. Mercedes will supply the team with power units, while a partnership with Williams enables sharing of unlisted parts.
After remaining unchallenged at the back of the grid last season, Manor is likely to face stern opposition for newcomers Haas this time around, with the American team targeting points right from the offset.
The squad is yet to announce replacements for ex-team principal John Booth and ex-sporting director Graeme Lowdon, who left the team following a disagreement with the owners.
by Rachit Thukral