Graeme Lowdon: Manor Marussia 'can overcome issues' for Malaysia

Manor playing catch-up - Lowdon

President and sporting director Graeme Lowdon is confident Manor Marussia will overcome technical difficulties which forced them off the grid in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Despite arriving in Melbourne in time after late investment, the team were hampered by software issues.

The Malaysian Grand Prix on 27-29 March has been earmarked for the car's debut.

"We'll be in a much better position by the time we get to Kuala Lumpur," Lowdon told BBC Look North.

"As a team we missed the chance to show what we can do [in Melbourne]. It was primarily down to software, they're tremendously complex cars.

"If everything had gone smoothly it wouldn't have been a problem but life's not like that.

"They were reasonably small problems but when you're up against immoveable time scales they're very visible.

"No-one will let us race on Monday when everyone else races on the Sunday."

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Manor Marussia's place in the 2015 championship was only guaranteed at the beginning of March following a turbulent winter behind the scenes.

The Marussia team folded after entering administration last November with all staff made redundant, but a phoenix-like rise followed when Stephen Fitzpatrick, boss of energy firm Ovo, provided the necessary investment from his personal finances to take the team forward.

However, the time available for development, and the opportunity to build on the lessons learnt in 2014, was limited as a result.

"This is a big test of resolve for everyone," Lowdon added.

"In the middle of last year we had managed to get this team set to a position where we could turn a few heads in 2015.

"We came ninth in the Formula 1 World Championship last year, and we beat two of the teams that arguably both had quicker cars and were better resourced, but we raced our cars better.

"Now I've seen where the opposition are in 2015, with the 2015 car we were advanced with, we could have really turned a few heads, if we hadn't had to stop.

"There's been a gap in our progress and we have to catch it up again."

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