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Marussia hopes of competing in F1 dented

Marussia hopes of competing in F1 with last year's car dented by rejection from officials

Marussia hopes of competing in F1 dented

LONDON (AP) -- Marussia's hopes of competing in the Formula One championship using last year's car have been dented after the F1 Strategy Group failed to back the venture.

Marussia missed the last three races of last season after going into administration, and is trying to secure a new backer. The season starts in Melbourne, Australia, on March 15.

To use the 2014 car, the team needed majority approval from the Group comprising motorsport's governing body -- the FIA -- F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, and the top six teams of Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India.

Force India was among those to vote against on Thursday, with deputy team principal Bob Fernley saying "the application lacked substance."

Marussia, renamed as Manor, is provisionally entered on the 2015 team list.

Updated : 2021-09-23 19:59 GMT+08:00