Pascal Wehrlein: “It’s a race that can create a few surprises”

Pascal Wehrlein - Credit: Manor Racing

Pascal Wehrlein is looking to put the disappointment of his first lap retirement from the Mexican Grand Prix behind him as he turns his attention to the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace this weekend.

The Manor Racing MRT driver had made it through to the second segment of qualifying for the fourth time in 2016 in Mexico, only to find himself eliminated in a crash involving Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson on lap one, but has already put that behind him to focus on the race at Interlagos.

“It was pretty tough to take in Mexico,” said Wehrlein. “We’d had such a strong weekend, making it through to Q2 and with a really strong race ahead of us.

“But there was no point letting my head drop – there are bigger things we need to focus on, like bringing home 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship. That’s where my head will be at for the remaining two races.”

Wehrlein insists the team need to be in position to take advantage of any opportunity that may come their way in Brazil, a circuit that has over the years offered a number of surprises.

“I think this is the perfect venue for this point in the season – a technically interesting track that has a lot of challenges for team and driver, and one where exciting racing is pretty much guaranteed,” said Wehrlein.

“It’s a race that can create a few surprises – which means opportunities – so we need to be right there to take advantage of them.”