Manor’s Dave Ryan: “The hard work really paid off this weekend”

Pascal Wehrlein - Credit: Manor Racing

Despite finishing down in fifteenth and sixteenth in the Malaysian Grand Prix, Manor Racing improved significantly in every area, according to racing director Dave Ryan.

Pascal Wehrlein got the better of team-mate Esteban Ocon on Sunday in a close battle between the two team-mates, but Ryan felt the whole team improved compared to the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks ago both inside and outside the car, including in the pit stops that were much improved this weekend.

“Thanks to the whole team for a really big push since Singapore,” said Ryan. “The hard work really paid off this weekend and from the inside we can see that we’ve made a good step forward.

“Our trackside operation also needed some work to counter the issues we had in recent races and, again, we’ve made good progress there. I’d like to give particular mention to the pit crew today. It was an area we needed to improve on and we’ve done just that. Our five stops today were all really controlled, so top job.

“Last, but far from least, our drivers did a fantastic job today in what is a notoriously challenging race for man and machine. So let’s hang onto this momentum and use it to our advantage in Japan.”