Wehrlein satisfied with his first day at Manor

Stefan Baldauf
Wehrlein satisfied with her first day at Manor
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E it was actually the presentation of the new Manor MRT05 announced for 8:45 a.m. But nothing came of it on Monday morning (February 22nd, 2016) in Barcelona. Pascal Wehrlein’s new racing car was only seen later on Twitter photos, and then for the first time in reality at 10:23 a.m.

Only seven laps in the morning for Wehrlein

Er can no longer be compared with the old Manor-Marussia from the previous season. At that time, a chassis from the previous year was converted to the new rules. And in the rear was a Ferrari V6 of the 2014 specification. Now the Manor is powered by a Mercedes unit. A Williams transmission directs the power to the road. The suspension parts also come from the traditional English team.

'It was a special day for me. A new team, a new car, a new engine. I didn't really know what to expect today and how much I should get I just had the feeling that I was really happy, 'said Wehrlein, summarizing his emotional state before the first day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The morning passed slowly. The monitor only counted seven laps. 'Adjusting the brakes, seat position and steering wheel: There are a thousand things that you as a driver would like to have. In addition, some tend to like an understeering car, others an oversteering car. First we exchanged ideas in the team. And we had to change the new one Check technology ', explained Wehrlein.

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With Mercedes power and Williams gearboxes, Manor should take a step forward.

Ninth place and 251.37 kilometers

In the afternoon it rolledManor MRT05 but much more. Wehrlein topped up his account with 47 more rounds. Last year's DTM champion pedaled a total of 54 laps or 251.37 kilometers on his first day as a regular Formula 1 driver. 'We improved a lot in the afternoon', stated the 21-year-old.

Wehrlein climbed from last place to position nine. On his best lap he rounded the 16 corners of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1: 28.292 minutes - on the soft mix.

Wehrlein sees a good basis: 'I think we really have the potential to to catch up with the teams in front of us. Last year the gap to the penultimate was still quite large. ' Manor has not only upgraded technically, but also in terms of personnel. The group from Banbury is now led by Dave Ryan, the former Ferrari engineers Nikolas Tombazis and Pat Fry are also on board. This also increases the pressure. 'I do the most for myself,' says Wehrlein, who is supposed to take on a leadership role in the team. The public expects that he will have teammate Rio Haryanto under control.

Wehrlein will remain a development driver at Mercedes in 2016. He did not experience a culture shock in the much smaller Manor team, as he reports. 'Of course Manor is not Mercedes. We will certainly not drive for victories. But we want to set highlights and also fight for points.'

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