German starlet Pascal Wehrlein still believes he has a future with Manor Racing, to the point that he would like to race with the British team for a second season.
Wehrlein scored Manor’s first point at the Austrian Grand Prix and wants to gain more experience with the team before moving onto bigger and better things.
Manor’s performance has steadily improved throughout the season, largely down to the Mercedes engine. Wehrlein has confidence in the team to build on a solid platform to help him gain valuable experience.
“Of course I would like to go to Mercedes straight away and win races and hopefully championships but if there’s no opportunity I’m also happy to get another year with Manor,” Wehrlein said.
“I really like the team, I like how the team is working and I think the team is the same with me. I think they enjoy working with me.”
After a positive start to his Formula One career, Pascal may feel there is some benefit in staying at Manor especially with the new regulations coming into force in 2017.
“I think next year is a big chance for every team to improve their position. With new regulations it’s always a bit of an unknown where to go and what the direction is. The first year of regulation changes you never know who is going to be competitive and who is not.
“I think Manor could be a very competitive team next year. Even some people joined very late last year or the beginning of this year and the car was designed for this year already so I think next year’s car we have even more input coming from more people.”