Pascal Wehrlein: “I’m looking forward to the race”

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Pascal Wehrlein is very happy with his strong performance so far for the Belgian Grand Prix, he will start from fifteenth on Sunday.

The Manor Racing driver managed to reach as high as eleventh during Free Practice 2 on Friday and continued this momentum into qualifying on Saturday as he managed to reach Q2, after positioning himself ninth in Q1. He was unable to continue this success into Q2 and had to settle for sixteenth, which becomes fifteenth when Esteban Gutierrez takes his grid penalty for impeding Wehrlein during final practice.

Wehrlein believes Manor are in a very good position for the Grand Prix on Sunday in terms of their position on the grid. Believing the weekend has gone pretty much to plan so far.

“I’m very happy that we made it through to Q2,” said Wehrlein. “Of course Q1 was incredible for us with P9.

“But unfortunately we had no new Supersoft tyres for Q2, so it’s a bit of shame, and I had to do my lap on used tyres. Q1 felt so good with new tyres, so you can see what was possible today; that last run was not our true pace. So it was a bit of a shame, but that decision has to be made much earlier in the year.

“We’re actually in a very good position for tomorrow, in terms of our position on the grid and also with the tyres we have available for the race. Degradation will be high at this track, so we’ll be okay I think. And, yes, I’ve been very happy with the weekend so far. It’s all gone pretty much to plan and I’m looking forward to the race.”