Manor’s Dave Ryan: “I’d like to see us do really well here”


Dave Ryan hopes the Manor team can perform at Monza - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Manor Racing‘s Racing Director Dave Ryan believes that the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a fantastic circuit and hopes that the team can do really well this weekend, a track that could possibly suit its MRT05 machine.

Monza could be a good track for the Manor team because they can utilise their low downforce package and Mercedes power unit, while Esteban Ocon‘s debut race last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps was hugely positive for the team after the Frenchman replaced Rio Haryanto over the summer break alongside Pascal Wehrlein.

“We have a few new bits and pieces to suit the characteristics of this circuit and we’ve addressed the issues that hampered us last week, so I’m hopeful that we can pick up where we left off last weekend and make a strong start on track on Friday, to give us the best shot at the rest of the weekend. This is a fantastic circuit and I’d like to see us do really well here.”

Ryan believes both drivers are doing their best, and feels they will need to continue this if they are to remain ahead of the Sauber F1 Team in the Constructors’ Championship standings.

“Our drivers are doing an exceptional job, and although Esteban is only one race into his F1 career, it’s clear that, at the level at which they’re operating, both will be pivotal to the fight to maintain our position in the Championship.”

The demand of the team with back to back races can cause smaller teams problems but Ryan has reassured that the team can cope with the demands.

“We’ve had a fair bit of practice with back-to-backs this season and if we nailed the Canada-Baku one, then this is a bit easier.”