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Manor Marussia complete driver line-up

Manor Marussia have completed their driver line-up for the opening rounds of the FIA 2015 Formula One World Championship.

Marussia will be on the grid in Australia after passing the necessary crash tests last week.

Completing a real turn around for the team who have been in financial crisis for many months.

After former Marussia owner Andrey Cheglakov withdrew his support in October, the team missed the final three races of the 2014 Formula One World Championship and slipped into administration.

Manor Marussia came out of administration via a Company Voluntary Arrangement and the Dinnington based team immediately announced their intention to make the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, despite missing all three winter tests and not having a new car for the season.

Instead Marussia will race a modified 2014 car, which meets all of the new 2015 regulations.

This includes dropping the front of the chassis by 5cm and a new nose cone to meet new dimensional rules and new impact tests.

Those crash tests have been passed so the team is ready for the new season.

They had previously announced Will Stevens as their number one driver, the British pilot made his F1 debut in Abu Dhabi last season with Caterham.

Now the team have announced 23-year-old Spaniard Roberto Merhi as the teams second driver, for the opening rounds of the season, indicating the team could be changing drivers in a few weeks time.

In fact Merhi is set to begin the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in April, so there could be a contract dispute to resolve if Merhi wanted to continue in F1 beyond that date.

Meanwhile the son of Manor Marussia president Justin King has been announced as the teams development driver.

21-year-old Jordan King has race victories in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Toyota Racing Series and British Formula Three and is expected to make his GP2 series debut in 2015.

'It is fantastic to welcome Roberto and Jordan to the team, Not only are they very talented young drivers with exciting futures ahead of them, they have also been ‘graduates’ of Manor Motorsport in the junior formulae, which is obviously very rewarding for us, given that the development of young talent is an important part of our philosophy.” Manor Marussia team principal John Booth told Sky Sports.

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Date:Tuesday March 10 2015

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