Pascal Wehrlein: “It was a very difficult race”


Pascal Wehrlein - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Pascal Wehrlein admitted that the Hungaroring circuit did not play to his Manor Racing team’s strengths after finishing down in nineteenth on Sunday, although he did take a positive from the race after finishing ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

The Mercedes-protégé made a good start to run as high as sixteenth but did not have the pace to remain there, ultimately dropping down the order and finishing two laps down on race winner Lewis Hamilton.

“It was a very difficult race today,” revealed Wehrlein. “It was clear very early on in the weekend that this was not ‘our’ track and I think that showed today.

“I got a really good start and climbed to 17th position, and then up to 16th, but we didn’t have the car to stay there or fight for more. I think it’s something positive that, even with all those factors, we still managed to keep a Sauber behind us, but still disappointing overall.”

Team-mate Rio Haryanto was the only driver in the field to try a one-stop strategy, but the Indonesian was unable to create a decent result from the Hungaroring, finishing well adrift of the rest of the field in twenty-first.

“Once again we split the strategies between Pascal and me, to give us the best chance of a result,” said Haryanto. “It didn’t work out for either of us. There was only one retirement today and our performance was the maximum from the car here.

“I was doing quite well at the start of the race and it seemed like we would be able to make a one-stop work. On the medium tyre the pace was obviously not that good, but the degradation was much less than on the softs and it’s always good to try something different to the other cars around us, just in case we can make it work.”