May 6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Another half a dozen races may pass before Manor is ready to debut a 2015 car.
So far in 2015, the former Marussia team has fought back from near collapse and administration with a hurriedly-modified version of last year’s car.
It is fitted with last year’s Ferrari engine, which is significantly down on power compared to the impressive 2015 unit running in the back of the works car and Sauber.
But simply turning up in 2015 so far has qualified Manor for its $50 million in official prize money from last year.
And in addition to that, “an initial investment by (new owner Stephen) Fitzpatrick has allowed Manor to move into a new headquarters in recent days, next to the Silverstone circuit,” revealed Globo correspondent Livio Oricchio.
It had been said that an all-new Manor car would be ready for the Austrian grand prix in June.
But Oricchio now reports: “It is expected that the new car, equipped with a 2015 Ferrari power unit, will debut in Belgium” in August.