Probably much to Bernie Ecclestone’s displeasure, both Manor F1 drivers have been given permission to race in the 2015 Malaysia GP by the FIA race stewards, which include the no nonsense Mick Doohan this weekend.
Ecclestone yesterday described the team as a “disgrace” and said they should have been “thrown out” of Formula One.
Will Stevens’ car never made it out on track during qualifying, as the team battled in vain to fix a fuel pressure issue before the end of Q1.
Roberto Mehri missed the 107% cut by 0.4 seconds, though Graham Lowden was bullish that the progression in lap times would convince the stewards to allow Manor into the race.
After the debacle of Australia, where just 15 cars made it to the grid and by the end of lap 2 just 13 remained, the FIA will be keen to give the fans a spectacle at the start of the race.
Romain Grosjean was invited to explain his actions as he apparently jumped the queue of cars awaiting the green light for the start of Q2. He has been moved back two places for tomorrow’s grid to 10th, for a ‘pit lane infraction’.