Wehrlein disappointed to see former team Manor drop off the grid

Pascal Wehrlein scored a point for Manor in 2016, but the team folded ahead of this season - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Pascal Wehrlein admitted he was extremely downbeat when the news that the Manor Racing MRT team would not return to the Formula 1 grid in 2017 broke, especially after all of the hard work they put in to be competitive last season.

The German secured the team a much deserved point during last seasons Austrian Grand Prix but saw the Sauber F1 Team move ahead of them in the Constructors’ Championship when Felipe Nasr scored two points in Brazil, but despite this Wehrlein was impressed by what Manor achieved last year.

Ironically now racing for Sauber in 2017, Wehrlein was disappointed to see Manor slip into administration in January before folding completely, especially after the minnows showed good form compared to their better funded rivals.

“I was really disappointed about the Manor when it came out,” said Wehrlein to Crash.net. “The job we did last year was really good and really impressive.

“We started with 120 people in the team and went to close to 200, but if you compare to Sauber – who we were fighting with – they have many hundreds. We had some really good people working there and it is a shame for all the guys that lost their jobs.”