The new F1 season is now just a matter of days away and we are more excited than Adrian Sutil at a champagne reception. Why? because we believe this is going to be Manor Race Teams best season by far. We are excited and so should you be! Here are five reasons why you should very excited about Manor Race Team in 2016.
By our reckoning this is probably the most exciting driver combination since 2010 when we lined up in our debut season with Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi. Both Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto are in their rookie season so there will be ups and downs but we really do believe that Wehrlein has the potential to be a future world champion whilst Rio has the backing on 250 million Indonesians who will rejoice at every overtake he makes. Both have the potential to move onto bigger and better things, we should enjoy them whilst they are around. Did we mention they are also the best two looking drivers on the grid?
Over the winter the team has added a host of new staff to the team. It has added former Ferrari man Pay Fry to its team as an engineering consultant as the re-organized outfit’s preparations for the 2016 Formula 1 season gather pace. The 51 year-old has held prominent engineering positions with Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari since 1987. Manor have also appointed former Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and ex Mclaren stalwart Dave Ryan to the position of Racing Director. With decades of F1 experience between them the teams operations side will undoubtedly be bolstered.
Not only do we have a Mercedes development driver but we will also have the best engine in F1 powering the MRT05. Clearly the leader of its field, it is estimated that the new Mercedes engine is worth 1.5-2 seconds a lap over the 2014 Ferrari engine that powered last year’s car.
Whilst the majority of the cars on the grid this season have gone for dull shades of grey colour. This year’s Manor Race Team car is a thing beauty. We were lucky enough to see it up close at the pre-season test in Barcelona and it is clearly the best looking car on the grid this year.
Gone are the days of just turning up. With the drivers, engine and personnel all in place we are confident that the MRT05 will score several points scoring positions. We are not expecting miracles and some fantastic race craft and cunning strategy may also be required but we are sure the days of being happy finishing a race and hoping the rest of the grid falls of the track are over. Bring on the points!