Ryan ‘optimistic’ of Manor progress following development push

Dave Ryan, the Racing Director of Manor Racing, hopes the development package the team are introducing at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya will help aid their continued progress away from the back of the Formula 1 field.

Ryan hopes the developments will help the MRT05 become a more efficient package, and although they have yet to test the developments on track, he is expecting them to improve the car’s performance to enable drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to move up the order.

“As is the case up and down the pit lane, we have some new developments that we’ll start to introduce here this weekend – a new bodywork package, floor, new front and rear wings, together with some other less visible items,” revealed Ryan.

“We hope the developments will enable us to start optimising the car in a few areas and that they will contribute to a more efficient package. We’ll begin the process of evaluation this weekend before making any hard and fast predictions but we’re optimistic that we will see the first signs of progress after a lot of hard work by the team over the course of the first few races.”