BACK ON TRACK
Pascal Wehrlein returns to the cockpit. 79 laps of race preparation.
Barcelona Test 2 – Day 2
2 March 2016
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Pascal Wehrlein banked a further 79 laps for Manor Racing today on his third day of running in the new MRT05. That’s a further 987 km of race preparation experience and tyre evaluation, including the softer spectrum rubber that was not part of last week’s programme.
“I’m happy to be back in the car. It was a week since I last drove here but it was good thinking time to soak up everything I had experienced last week and prepare for a different programme this time around. These two days are about race simulation and qualifying preparation; my last chance until the first race in Melbourne. We worked our way through a pretty detailed programme and it’s been a really positive day. We continue to learn a lot, myself especially. One more day in the car and I think I’ll be as ready as I can be for our first race of the season.”
Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“Today has been another relatively good day for us and were able to achieve a reasonable number of laps. It wasn’t without its challenges though; it took us a little while to find the right set-up but later in the day we were in pretty good shape and we’re looking forward to more of the same tomorrow. Pascal did his usual good job and gave us some real quality feedback, so we end our sixth day of testing in a reasonable place. I really do want to make mention of the incredible job that our mechanics, engineers and support staff are doing here. The hours they are putting in – and will continue to put in right through to the end of this test – have been unbelievable, with everyone working to the highest standard. All credit to them and to the team back in Banbury, who have also been burning the midnight oil. We’re proud to have such a great group of people on board. We have had a couple of glitches out here, particularly this week, but that’s what testing is about. It’s provided us with a valuable opportunity to put our operational response through its paces and I’m pleased that we’ve addressed our issues swiftly and thoroughly. Testing is as much about preparing the team as it is about the car and drivers. Now we have two very busy days to go and a lot to get through, with Pascal tomorrow and Rio finishing up for us on Friday.”