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Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Manor appoints Mayer as new CEO

Manor has announced the appointment of Thomas Mayer as its new Chief Executive Officer, with his role set to be assumed from the start of August. Mayer previously occupied the position of Chief Operating Officer at Lotus and Renault, but will now move to Manor on August 1st. "This is a time of growth and development for Manor," said Team Owner, Stephen Fitzpatrick. "We’ve been pushing hard to get the team back on track – figuratively and literally – and our recent point-scoring performance in […]

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016

Manor reflects on 'sobering' double DNF

Manor team boss Dave Ryan says the squad's display at the British Grand Prix was "sobering" as both Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto spun off in tricky conditions. Manor scored its first point since its rebranding in Austria as Wehrlein placed 10th but at Silverstone the youngster spun off at Abbey and beached his MRT05 in the gravel. Wehrlein was joined on the sidelines by team-mate Haryanto, who also erred at the corner later in the race, and was unable to continue. "A rather sobering […]

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wehrlein delighted by maiden F1 point

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 […]

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Palmer, Haryanto, Nasr penalised; Hulkenberg cleared

Renault's Jolyon Palmer, Manor's Rio Haryanto and Sauber's Felipe Nasr have all been handed grid penalties for the Austrian Grand Prix after failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags in Q1. The trio were deemed to have now slowed sufficiently when the yellow flags were displayed after Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. suffered an engine failure during the closing moments of the session. All handed three-place penalties, meaning Palmer drops from 18th to 20th, Haryanto from 19th to 21st while Nasr stays at the back. […]

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Wehrlein ecstatic with best Manor grid slot

Pascal Wehrlein praised his Manor squad and reckons Q3 could have been possible as he qualified a career-best 12th for the Austrian Grand Prix. Wehrlein inched into the top 10 in Q1, securing Manor's first slot in Q2 since Belgium 2014, and wound up in 12th position. "It’s an incredible feeling for me and the whole team," said Wehrlein. "I feel very proud of us today; it’s a measure of how hard we have all been working and a nice reward for that effort. "My […]

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Haryanto still unclear over F1 future

Rio Haryanto believes conversations between his management and Manor are "going really well," but admits he cannot be assured of his future beyond the summer break. Haryanto made his Formula 1 debut at the start of the 2016 season courtesy of financial backing from Indonesia's government and state-owned oil company Pertamina. However, Haryanto's seat is not guaranteed until the end of the campaign and he is unsure whether he will be able to complete the full season alongside Mercedes youngster Pascal Wehrlein. "I still don’t […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wehrlein rues floor damage, tyre wear

Pascal Wehrlein says damage to the floor of his Manor MRT05 affected his performance at the Canadian Grand Prix, as he finished the race in 17th place. Wehrlein picked up damage to the floor of his car on the grid but was still able to battle Renault's Jolyon Palmer and both Sauber drivers across the first stint of the race. Wehrlein, however, once again struggled with tyre wear during the closing stages and slipped behind Marcus Ericsson, eventually coming home in 17th spot. "I got […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Manor drivers rue 'tough', 'difficult' Monaco

Manor drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto were left to rue a "tough" Monaco Grand Prix as the pair came home as the last classified runners. Wehrlein originally placed 13th but was demoted behind Haas' Romain Grosjean after he received two 10-second time penalties. Wehrlein was deemed to have transgressed during the Virtual Safety Car period and then ignored blue flags, the sanctions demoting him to 14th spot. "It was quite tough to be honest," said Wehrlein of his first Monaco Grand Prix. "Early on […]

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Haryanto rues lack of long run data

Rio Haryanto was left to rue a lack of long run data after he crashed out of Thursday's second practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Haryanto was on a flying lap on Ultra Soft tyres when he lost control approaching the Nouvelle Chicane and spun into the outside barriers, before coming to a halt in the run-off. Haryanto was unable to complete the remainder of the session and will thus head into Saturday's final practice with limited data in terms of long run pace. […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Haryanto uncertain over finishing season

Rio Haryanto admits he is unsure whether he will be able to finish his rookie season with Manor as his management continues to chase funds. Haryanto joined Manor at the start of the year but he admitted that, while having initially been given assurances over completing the entirety of 2016, the future is less clear. "To be honest I don’t know and I hope that I can be here for the full season," he said when asked about speculation over his future. "There are some […]

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016

King: Manor test a 'learning experience'

Jordan King described a "learning experience" as he received his second Formula 1 outing with Manor. King, Manor's development driver since the start of 2015, made his Formula 1 test bow in Abu Dhabi last year and followed it up with his first taste of the MRT05 in Spain on Wednesday. King finished at the foot of the times, via an excursion at Turn 7, but was encouraged by his day. "It was a learning experience, it was good, we made a lot of progress," […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wehrlein gets last-minute Mercedes test

Pascal Wehrlein will drive for Mercedes during today's second day of in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Wehrlein ran for his regular race team, Manor, on the opening day of the test and was not set to run today. Mercedes was set to give track time to its young gun Esteban Ocon, who received a run out for Renault on Tuesday. Mercedes says the move was prompted by the need to use an experienced driver to test a few items left over from Tuesday's […]