Pascal Wehrlein feels his performance during the Bahrain Grand Prix was positive after the Manor Racing finished thirteenth, ahead of the some of the more fancied runners.
The German excelled in qualifying as well, starting the race in sixteenth, and ran as high as seventh during the race, with Wehrlein feeling the team are expecting more performance to come from the MRT05, with the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend offering them another potential chance to upset the more established teams.
“From start to finish it was a really positive race for me; so much better than Melbourne,” said Wehrlein. “We qualified well, which helped, but to be mixing it with some of the bigger boys – beating them even – was really exciting.
“We’ve only just begun to extract some of the potential from the car so it was a good sign that there’s even more to come.
“The car was really quick on the straights and there are a couple of good ones here at Shanghai. What we know from Bahrain though is that there’s some more work to do to get the best from the car throughout the lap.
“There is still a lot we can do to continue improving the set-up and here we need a good compromise from straights to turns. It’s quite a challenging track so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Unlike team-mate Rio Haryanto, Wehrlein does not have any prior experience of the Shanghai International Circuit, but the Mercedes protégé does not expect that to be a problem, providing the early weekend running is in the dry.
“It’s great fun getting to grips with a new circuit and once you’ve done a few laps, it’s not such a big issue, as long as the weather is on your side so you can build momentum,” said Wehrlein.
“I walked the track last year with Mercedes and obviously I’ve prepared on the simulator, so I just want to get stuck into FP1 now and see how our package performs here.”