Pascal Wehrlein: “It’s been a challenging weekend”

Pascal Wehrlein - Credit: Manor Racing

Pascal Wehrlein finished thirteenth on the road in the Monaco Grand Prix, but two ten-second penalties saw him drop behind Romain Grosjean to fourteenth.

The Manor Racing driver was penalised by the stewards for failing to stay below the minimum time during the virtual safety car period, and then for failing to adhere to blue flags whilst being lapped, meaning that keeping Haas driver Grosjean behind him until the chequered flag counted for nothing.

Wehrlein felt his early strategy to go long on the extreme wet Pirelli tyre was the right one, but was disappointed with the penalties to drop him to fourteenth.

“Today was quite tough to be honest,” said Wehrlein. “Early on in the race, with the track staying quite wet, we decided to stay out on the extreme tyre and run longer.

“With other cars pitting earlier onto the Inters, we had track position and when we did stop we actually managed to jump some cars. So that strategy worked perfectly.

“We were able to keep the Haas behind until the chequered flag but with the penalties the race got away from us and we dropped behind. It’s disappointing, but going into the race 14th might have looked like a good result.

“It’s been a challenging weekend but also very exciting to be racing in Monaco for the first time and disappointments aside I have really enjoyed the experience.”