BARCELONA, Spain -- The FIA has published the official entry list for the 2017 season without Manor, confirming reports owner Stephen Fitzpatrick has formally written to the FIA to withdraw the team from Formula One.
Manor's parent company, Just Racing Services, ceased trading on the eve of the current season, though administrators did not own the team's official entry. There had been speculation of talks about a rescue package which would have saved Manor.
However, those hopes faded on Wednesday when the FIA's entry list was published without Manor's name on it. That means any interested investor who purchased Manor's remaining assets would need to apply as an all-new team, an unattractive process as it is expensive and time consuming.
Also of note from the list was 'TBC' alongside Toro Rosso's engine for the year. That does not refer to the team's new Renault supply, which it secured last year, but rather what the team will call its units for the upcoming season. Parent team Red Bull runs Renault engines badged as TAG Heuer and Toro Rosso has admitted it has looked for a partner of its own for a similar deal.