F1: FIA will allow Manor to race in Malaysia

Roberto Merhi was the only driver for Manor Marussia F1 who was able to get out on track during Saturday's qualifying session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The FIA has taken a lenient approach with Manor Marussia and has allowed both drivers to start despite neither officially qualifying for the Malaysian GP.

Roberto Merhi did not make the 107 percent cut while Will Stevens did not run at all in qualifying after suffering electronic problems in FP2.

The stewards noted however that the two Marussia-Ferraris “had set satisfactory times in practice at this event” after both men had been inside the 107 percent in a particular practice session.

Team boss John Booth noted: “We knew our first weekend of running would not be without its challenges and, although we had a positive day yesterday, it has been important to keep our expectations for qualifying in check. Our two drivers have done a solid job in their debut and Friday’s practice showed promise in terms of having the pace for the 107 percent time, but today underlined that we have a lot of work to do.”

Meanwhile, Ecclestone is still angry with the team for missing Australia.