Manor thrilled by return to action

By on Friday, March 27, 2015
Manor F1 Team

Manor F1 Team

Manor Marussia declared themselves 'thrilled' as their car hit the circuit for the first time during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completed 34 laps between them across the two sessions, with Stevens' best time just under six seconds off of the pace achieved by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

"Obviously, we are thrilled to be back on track again, finally seeing all the hard work and determination paying off," said team principal John Booth.

"I’m very satisfied with what we have achieved today. On what has essentially been a shakedown and practice day - which the other teams completed a couple of months ago - we’ve achieved 34 laps of reliable running and that is a really good effort when one considers the problems teams typically encounter on the opening day of running a car.

"We were also encouraged by our early pace in relation to the 107% rule and solid performances by both drivers on their first day in the car."

Stevens praised the squad for their efforts.

"It’s really nice to be back in a Formula 1 car and to get down to the business of racing," said Stevens.

"The day ran very smoothly versus our planned programme and I’m particularly pleased that my times in both sessions were inside the 107%. Considering how little running we have done, today is a really good step and my thanks to the team for a tremendous effort."

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