F1: Ecclestone still angry at Manor for missing Australia

Manor team members work on the car in the garage despite never turning a lap on the Albert Park circuit this year.

Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated his frustration at Manor and its chairman Justin King after the team failed to take to the track in Australia.

Ecclestone felt that he had been misled in that the team committed to being in Melbourne while knowing that there was no chance to run the cars. Bernie has opposed the team’s return all along, in the face of opposition from the FIA.

“This shows you what that Justin King is,” he told The Independent. “King is the genius businessman. The guy that was going to do all these things. It’s bloody disgusting, to be honest with you. It’s disgusting that somebody can do that for a start.

“They went to Melbourne with no intention to run. They couldn’t run. They never had anything which could let them run. They had two engines and two gearboxes which were supplied under their contract with Ferrari, which both couldn’t run because they had no life in them. They were just put in the cars to arrive there.”

He added: “We should have chopped them off when we found out that they were insolvent. The trouble is that they went into administration, and when they get themselves out of administration, they are back as if nothing has ever happened. I have never heard anything so mad but that is how it is.”

Following the team’s performance in practice and qualifying, the FIA has granted Manor F1 drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi permission to start the 2015 Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix.

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