Manor’s Dave Ryan: “A tough day at the races”


Pascal Wehrlein - Credit: Manor Racing

Manor Racing’s Dave Ryan was disappointed with the outcome of the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday after the potential the team showed during the weekend was left unfulfilled.

The racing director was unhappy to see both Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon suffer mechanical issues during the weekend, with the former being forced to retire from the race while the latter stopped in both practice and qualifying.

Ryan believes the team had a good opportunity for a good result in Italy after showing good competitiveness, but Ocon’s seventeenth was the best they could manage.

“A tough day at the races, and not one we want to repeat any time soon,” said Ryan. “We came to Monza with high expectations and as demonstrated by Pascal’s qualifying performance it’s fair to say that this was justified.

“However, we were let down by reliability on both cars at various times over the event and as a result suffered the consequences.

“Both Pascal and Esteban have been brilliant all weekend and are obviously frustrated that we have let an opportunity pass us by, but at the same time they appreciate it is a team sport, collectively we are Manor Racing, and on that basis we move on, lessons learned and looking forward to the next race in Singapore.”