With financing now behind Sauber, upgrades have come to the car for the push to the end of the season. However, Manor know they have work to do to keep the Swiss team behind them for the rest of the season in what will be an important cash boost for the small team.
Manor so far this season have a single point from Pascal Wehrlein, of which they are defending from Sauber who have yet to score this season at all and are currently 11th and last. Manor one place ahead, didn’t have a great weekend only finishing 21st and 22nd, had a great battle with Jenson Button at the start of the race despite being on different tyre strategies. Their rivals Sauber only did a bit better in 15th and 18th, but nowhere near the points.
Dave Ryan, Manor’s Sporting Director said after the race, “On the face of it, not a race to particularly write home about, but we do leave the Far East with another two-car finish, having maintained our position in the championship.
“These last three races have been pretty tough, but we head home from Japan looking forward to the final four events of the season, starting in Austin in two weeks’ time.
“In the meantime, congratulations to our powertrain partner, Mercedes-Benz, on securing the triple – a very impressive performance.”
Manor are nearing the end of their first season with the Mercedes engine, currently running two young Mercedes backed drivers in the form of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.