Manor’s Dave Ryan: “This race is always tough”


Dave Ryan - Credit: Manor Racing

Dave Ryan feels it was important to get a break between the Singapore and Malaysian Grand Prix, especially with how the end of season races come so quickly after each other.

The final six races take place across an eight-week time frame, and the Manor Racing boss insists it was important to get some rest when they can ahead of the manic schedule to come.

“Most of the guys in the team got a brief but important break after Singapore, whether it was back at home in the UK or remaining out here in Asia,” said Ryan.

“The cars are pretty much on tour for the rest of the season, so the mechanics at least get some time away from the factory. That’s important, given how intense the calendar is this year.”

Ryan knows that the weekend at the Sepang International Circuit will be tough for everyone involved in the team, but revealed that there will be some developments brought to the car this weekend, as well as some operational improvements to try and prevent some of the issues the team have had in recent races.

“This race is always tough on team, car and driver, because of the high ambient and track temperatures, and also the torrential downpours we’ve seen here over the years,” said Ryan. “So yes, we’re ready for all of that.

“We have a few new developments here, which should help us performance-wise, and we’ve made some operational improvements to counter some of the issues we’ve experienced over the past couple of events.”