The team says it has made “huge strides” towards participating in the season, the first practice session for which is 16 days away. However earlier this month the Strategy Group ruled it could not enter this year’s championship with its 2014 chassis.
Manor has not indicated whether intends to use an all-new design or a revised version of its 2014 chassis for the new season, but says the car it will use is “in an advanced stage of build at the team’s current race preparation facility in Dinnington”.
“Personnel are working twenty-four-seven towards the air freight despatch date of 6th March,” it added.
Manor also stated it “is now in a position to be able to provide regular updates on its preparations for Melbourne and wider plans for the season, including the completion of its driver line-up”.
Stevens made his grand prix debut for Caterham in the final race of 2014 and also served as Marussia’ reserve driver.
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