Ryan: Point shows Manor is 'serious'
4 July 2016 – Pascal Wehrlein's points finish at the Austrian Grand Prix shows that Manor is a "serious" team, and will provide a "huge lift" moving forward, according to Racing Director Dave Ryan.
Wehrlein claimed 12th on the grid in his Mercedes-powered MRT05, and managed to progress in a dramatic race, taking the final point when Sergio Pérez retired on the final lap.
"After a Q2 performance in qualifying, a point-scoring finish is a fantastic way to end a really positive weekend," commented Ryan, who arrived at the outfit towards the end of 2015.
"It shows that we're a serious team and we're working extremely hard to improve.
"Pascal has looked comfortable the whole time we've been in Austria and, even though there was a point in the race where things were not looking so great for him, we felt sure he would turn it around.
"That's exactly what he did and he put himself in exactly the right position to take advantage."
Ryan added that the result serves as a boost ahead of the team's home race at Silverstone.
"Naturally, heading into our home Grand Prix next week, this will give everyone a huge lift," he said.
"We need to keep our feet on the ground, but after an enormous amount of hard work in the first half of the season, everyone thoroughly deserves to enjoy the moment before the hard work starts again."
Wehrlein's point moved Manor up to 10th in the standings, ahead of Sauber.