Marussia's car request rejected

Marussia's attempts to compete in this year's Formula 1 world championship have suffered a major setback after their request to use last year's car in 2015 was rejected.

The cash-strapped British-based team went into administration and missed the closing three grands prix of 2014 in the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Marussia are still hoping to come out of administration this month but the decision not to allow them to use last season's car has closed the door on them lining up for the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 15.

Their request was turned down by the Formula One Strategy Group meeting in Paris on Thursday.

"They wanted to come in with last year's car and it didn't get accepted," F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday. He added: "It needed all the teams to agree and there were three or four of them that didn't agree." - AFP.