Last year 9th (2pts)
Manor’s former backer Marussia stopped funding the team after the Russian Grand Prix last season and that looked to be the end of the road for the squad, based in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
But a consortium of investors led by Ovo Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick brought it out of administration and the race is now on for it to be on the grid in Melbourne this weekend. Former Sainsbury’s boss Justin King is part of the outfit’s renewed management structure, and his son Jordan, who’s racing in GP2 this year, could be part of the team’s long-term plans.
Our verdict: Manor is simply focused on getting its cars to the track and finishing races for now. Over the coming months, anything else will be a major bonus.
Last yr 23rd (0pts)
Manor has just confirmed its second driver for 2015 to be 23-year-old Roberto Merhi.