Wehrlein delighted by maiden F1 point

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Manor Racing

Manor Racing

Pascal Wehrlein labelled an "incredible" race as he scored his maiden Formula 1 point at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Wehrlein started from 12th place on the grid but tumbled to the back of the pack when he made a pit stop shortly before the deployment of the Safety Car.

Wehrlein was over 10 seconds behind the pack when the race resumed but fought his way forwards to collect the final point for 10th, finishing within touching distance of Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

It is only the second time in history that Manor has scored points, following Jules Bianchi's ninth place in Monaco two years ago, under the Marussia guise.

"It’s incredible," he said. "I’m so happy! It’s just been one of those weekends and to end it this way is a fantastic reward for everyone.

"At one point I was feeling quite dejected, because we were a little unlucky with our strategy in relation to the Safety Car.

"I’d just pitted, so when I came out after my second stop, I was last. That wasn’t such a great feeling, but we just had to work with what we had, which was Soft tyres all the way to the finish – 40 laps!

"To finish the race in the points from that position by running for more than half a race distance on a single set of tyres is an incredible achievement."

Wehrlein's result also lifted Manor above Sauber in the scrap for 10th in the standings.

"It’s very important," he said of his achievement. "Not just because of what it means for our position in the championship, but it also shows that we have made real progress.

"It’s been a step by step process, and one that hasn’t always been visible to people outside of the team, but today is a good day and a really great reward for all of us."

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