On the morning of the first pre-season test of 2016, Manor Racing became the latest team to reveal their challenger for the year ahead.
John McQuillam, the team’s Technical Director, has high hopes for the MRT05. “Even at this early stage of the game, we can easily say this is the best car we’ve ever launched,” he revealed. “[It’s] certainly the most developed, the most ambitious and the most aggressive. The overall package is a very significant step forward, not just from last year, but from any of the cars from our stable. So yes, we have a long way to go from here in terms of developing the MRT05, but it’s already a dream package for the 154 Manor Racing people who’ve worked so hard to design and build it. In a small team like ours, every single individual has played their part.”
“It’s all new,” he continued. “As it should be of course, but we had to ‘make do’ last year and that’s not what we’re here for. We build fast race cars for a living and it’s great to get back to doing what we love. We’re also pretty good at it, when we have the right tools for the job. So that in itself is quite special. Better still, the MRT05 is a contender. We really believe that. The design team have focused almost exclusively on it since the middle of last season and it’s just a whole different ball game to any of its predecessors. We haven’t left any performance on the table and right now I can say there’s not a single part of the car we’d have designed differently.”
Manor will race with a Mercedes Power Unit this season, having previously used Ferrari power. As well as that they have a technical partnership with Williams who will be supplying their gearbox and other components. As well as new partnerships, Manor will run with an all new line-up in 2016 – fielding Formula One rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto. Wehrlein is reigning DTM champion and has strong links with Mercedes while Haryanto is coming off the back of his best ever season in GP2.
“We are done with just turning up just to make everyone else look good,” Team Principal Dave Ryan explained. “Every single person in this team is looking forward to the first race in Melbourne in a few weeks. We know we have to improve in every area and in no way do we underestimate the opposition, but we have assemble a great group of people. We have a fantastic technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz and Williams Advanced Engineering and now it’s up to us to deliver.”