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Marussia to become Manor Racing

“Delighted to announce MANOR RACING: that’s what we’re here for,” the British-based team said on their Twitter feed after a meeting of the governing International Automobile Federation’s F1 commission in Geneva. A team spokeswoman confirmed the name change had been approved. While the Mercedes-powered team will be known as Manor Racing, sources said the chassis designation would become MRT instead of the previous Marussia.

Further details are promised on February 22, the first day of the opening pre-season test in Barcelona.

The outfit confirmed last Friday that its Mercedes-powered 2016 car had passed its final crash test, and that it had recruited ex-Ferrari designer Nikolas Tombazis as its new chief aerodynamicist.

Following its last-minute reprieve to make the grid, Manor Marussia failed to score a point last year with its outdated package, and former chiefs John Booth and Graeme Lowdon left at the end of the season.