Manor in ‘new era’ with ‘development programme’ – Ryan


Manor Racing will continue to develop their 2016 challenger according to their racing director Dave Ryan.

Despite being perhaps the smallest team on the grid, Ryan insists the team are now in a new era, with partnerships with both Mercedes and Williams, and now the team are eager to develop their MRT05, which will be driven by rookie drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto in 2016.

Ryan has praised the work being put in by the mechanics and engineers back in their Banbury factory as they prepare for the new season, and the plan is to bring updates to the car throughout the year.

“Just because we are a small team, we won’t just build a new car and stop,” said Ryan to Motorsport.com. “It’s the opposite. This is a new era for us.

“We’ve got a new car. We have development programme. We’ve got some great people, as I’ve said, back in the factory. Every single person in the factory is so full of enthusiasm and optimism. The work they are putting in is phenomenal.

“But the thing we have to do is to spend that money properly. If we do development, we have got to be sure that the development is beneficial. So, we can’t afford to throw things in the cars just to try things out. We need a really thorough and planned approach and that’s what we will be doing.

“We do have a programme for changes throughout the year. But as long as we validate them properly, they will get on the car. If they don’t go through that phase, we won’t put them on the car. So in terms of are we going to develop the car? Absolutely.”