Manor F1 president Graeme Lowdon is unsure whether his team would be able to get the car ready in time for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix, having missed today’s practice with software issues.
After a troubled winter, what was formerly the Marussia F1 team came out of administration with financial backing of Ovo Energy boss Stephen Fitzpatrick. However, with limited time at their disposal, the outfit starts the season with revised version of last year’s car.
“I honestly don’t know,’’ Lowdon was quoted in the official press conference when asked about Manor’s chances of making it to qualifying. “ But what I can guarantee you is, in terms of commitment and rate of problem solving, we’ll be absolutely flat-out maximum.”
Despite limited chances to get the car running, let alone qualifying for the 107% rule, Lowdon insists it was necessary to make it to Australia instead of carrying out work on the car in the factory.
“I think it’s really important to be here,’’ he insisted. “This is the championship that we’re part of, and we want to be part of it from the start, right the way through to the finish. I think for those who have seen the task that the team has addressed, it has been an incredible job by an awful lot of people. Not just people within the team - but we’ve had huge amount of cooperation from all the other teams here, from the FIA, from Jean Todt, from FOM, from Bernie.”