Mixed feelings for Manor drivers after Spanish qualifying


The Manor F1 Team drivers had mixed emotions following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

Will Stevens was the happier of the two drivers, having out-qualified team-mate Roberto Merhi by more than eight-tenths of a second.

“I’m reasonably pleased with my qualifying today,” insisted Stevens. “I was able to improve on my first run despite making a small mistake, but the car is performing well and I’m looking forward to the race.”

Merhi was less pleased with his session, having found his session compromised by a visit to the weighbridge and a false alarm with the ERS system that saw him only manage to get one run in.

“A disappointing qualifying for me,” reflected Merhi. “I had a good first run and I was feeling comfortable with the car. After that I was called to the weighbridge but we had an ERS false alarm.

“When we got the car back to the garage we just ran out of time to do the turnaround. My car crew were pushing hard to try to get another run so thanks to them.

“It’s a shame that I didn’t get the chance to improve on my time but I’m looking forward to tomorrow and my home race.”