Manor not in the en­try list

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The failed Manor For­mula One team were ab­sent from the of­fi­cial 2017 en­try list pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, snuff­ing out any lin­ger­ing hopes of a res­cue be­fore the sea­son starts in Aus­tralia on March 26.

The list, pub­lished by the gov­ern­ing In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA), was re­duced to 10 teams.

Manor had been on the pro­vi­sional en­try list pub­lished in De­cem­ber but the team went into ad­min­is­tra­tion a month later and then ceased trad­ing.

A sep­a­rate en­tity, Manor Grand Prix Rac­ing Ltd, held the right to en­ter the cham­pi­onship and had re­mained ac­tive in the hope of a buyer emerg­ing.

In or­der to ap­pear on the pro­vi­sional 2017 list, Manor would have had to pay US$521,289 (RM2.34 mil­lion) by the end of last Novem­ber. The en­try dead­line was Nov 1.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether Manor owner Stephen Fitz­patrick, who runs the in­de­pen­dent Bri­tish en­ergy sup­plier Ovo, would have been el­i­gi­ble for a re­fund if the en­try was with­drawn.

Stephen Fitz­patrick

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