The Manor team struggled this weekend. In fact apart from the leading Mercedes team, all the other Mercedes powered teams struggled with Williams and Force India only just getting into the points.
Starting from the back of the field it is never easy, and despite the team putting the drivers on contra-strategies at the start of the race to cover ‘all the bases’, the pace wasn’t there to challenge the midfield. Pascal Wehrlein had some cheer though, finishing ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson who had started from the pitlane following his crash yesterday.
After the race the German said, “It was a very difficult race today. It was clear very early on in the weekend that this was not ‘our’ track and I think that showed today. I got a really good start and climbed to 17th position, and then up to 16th, but we didn’t have the car to stay there or fight for more. I think it’s something positive that, even with all those factors, we still managed to keep a Sauber behind, but still disappointing overall.”
The next round of the World Championship is in his homeland, a week from today, “Next week will be very busy and exciting for me. With all of that going on I’ll put all thoughts of the break to one side for now, because I want to fight hard at the Hockenheimring and enjoy the experience of my first home race in F1. I really hope we will find that our car is better suited to that track, as it’s one I’ve driven many times and I really love racing.”