Take A Bow
Manor Racing’s MRT05 clocks up 260kms of first day mileage. Pascal shines on debut outing.
Barcelona Test One – Day One
22 February 2016
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Manor Racing’s 2016 challenger – the MRT05 – was an out of the box success in today’s opening day of pre-season testing. Making an equally impressive debut was new signing Pascal Wehrlein, who posted 54 laps of reliable running to end the day ninth on the timesheet, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer.
“A really good first day with the car and for me, so I’m very happy. I have a great car that’s as good to drive as it is to look at and already we’ve started to make some progress. This morning we completed just five laps while we worked with Mercedes HPP to make sure everything was as it should be. This afternoon we started to get into the programme and I added another 49 laps, so 54 laps in total. It’s a really promising package so I can’t wait to drive again in the morning. Thanks to the team for making me so welcome. Manor Racing is already feeling a lot like home.”
“260kms with a brand new package is a dream start to pre-season testing. It couldn’t have gone any better for us and every single team member deserves a round of applause for an impressive achievement. Pascal has slotted straight into the team and after a steady start to the day we really got into the swing of things in the afternoon session. He’s had a confident debut and provided plenty of good feedback, giving us a lot of data to work with this evening. We’ll pick things up with Pascal in the morning before switching over to Rio for his first taste of the MRT05. All in all, we’ve made a good first step.”