Manor Marussia has changed its name to Manor Racing along with a new logo, with the small British outfit also teasing a February 22 announcement across its social media channels.
The team joined Formula One as Virgin Racing in 2010 before gradually becoming Marussia F1 Team. Having entered administration in late 2014, Manor Marussia was able to compete last year following a last-ditch rescue by UK businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Manor ran a modified version of its 2014-spec MR03, only introducing several updates from Silverstone onwards, but will have the dominant Mercedes power unit at the back of its new-for-2016 challenger.
The team’s previous tweets were to confirm that the car had passed the FIA crash tests and announce the appointment of ex-Ferrari man Nikolas Tombazis as chief aerodynamicist.
Manor underwent a major senior management overhaul last year as long-time team principal John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon both resigned, while former McLaren man Dave Ryan became racing director.
The team has yet to confirm its driver pairing for 2016, with potential candidates including last year’s pilots Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi but also GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto and ex-McLaren-Honda reserve Kevin Magnussen.
Both Manor Racing’s driver announcement and car launch could be slated for the February 22 date mentioned in the tweet below, which would coincide with the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Delighted to announce MANOR RACING: that’s what we’re here for. Full reveal 22/02/16
— Manor Racing (@ManorRacing) 19 January 2016