They might have new management, and a brand new technical team sourced over the last few months, but Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes that Manor Racing could be a force in the midfield this season.
After coming back from next to nothing this time last year, the team has left the year-old car and engine package behind, instead sourcing engines from Mercedes thanks to Lotus returning back into the hands of Renault and a brand new technical team including those from Ferrari and McLaren.
Manor, although in private ownership at the moment, has been looking for new investment, with a consortium backed by race promoter Tavo Hellmund heavily suggested. It was though Toto Wolff who said himself that Manor could become a B-Team to Mercedes to counter the close partnership of Ferrari and new American team Haas.
Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Wolff said, “Ferrari has taken an intelligent step in collaboration with Haas, and it could well be that it has had a performance result. If that is true, they have done everything right.”
Commenting on the placing of Mercedes-backed German Pascal Wehrlein at Manor, he suggested that nothing more than a windtunnel deal was on the table.
“No. But besides Pascal Wehrlein, they will also use one of our wind tunnels.”
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