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F1 2016 Midseason Review: Manor make mark in rookie season

In our second mid-season review we take a look at Manor and their lackluster 2016.


As we hit the summer break its time to take a breath from what has been a relentless season and look at how the teams have done so far in 2016. Today we look at Manor.

 

The grind of a first half has shown some negatives but also some great positives in the MRT Mercedes garage. The negatives revolve around Rio Haryanto and the big question mark about the remainder of his season and the always present lack of pace and performance both in qualifying and on race day. The positives are mainly centered on Pascal Wehrlein and his spectacular driving thus far this season scoring the lone point for the team in Austria and his first career F1 point.

Driver Battle 

 Pascal WehrleinRio Haryanto
AustraliaQ: 21
R: 16
Q: 22
R: DNF
Bahrain

Q: 16

R: 13

Q: 20
17
China

Q: DNQ

R: 18

Q: 20

R: 21

Russia

Q: 20

R: 18

Q: 21
R: DNF
Spain

Q: 21

R: 16

Q: 22

R: 17

Monaco

Q: 20

R: 14

Q: 19

R: 15

Canada

Q: 17

R: 17

Q: 19

R: 19

Europe

Q: 17

R: DNF

Q: 16

R: 18

Austria

Q: 12

R: 10

Q: 20

R: 16

Britain

Q: 20

R: DNF

Q: 19

R: DNF

Hungary

Q: 20

R: 19

Q: 21

R: 21

Germany

Q: 17

R: 17

Q: 19

R: 20

 

The Manor team simply will not be racing for points each weekend that’s just the fact of the matter. When you look at Manor you have to look directly at the driver finishes in both qualifying and in races. Wehrlein has been the better driver this season and is probably the better driver overall hands down. Wehrlein has out qualified Haryanto 8-4 this season and finished ahead in all but one race, Europe. (Neither driver finished in Britain).

Wehrlein has proven to be a fantastic driver this season given his circumstances and lack of development in the car. While he usually does end up in the back three rows on the starting grid. He manages to make the race interesting in the back of the pack and challenge the Renault and even occasionally some of the mid field runners like shown in Austria when he picked up the lone point for the team.

 

Team Performance

The Manor team doesn’t have any of the inter team conflicts such as a Sauber or Mercedes where the two drivers come together or disobey team orders because usually the two drivers are nowhere near each other. While there have been a few DNF due to failures in the car, there’s nothing that has been reoccurring. There have been some moments of tactical brilliance as in Austria when they were able to put the car in position to get a point.

The thing with Manor is that it doesn’t seem to matter how great they are tactically or how fast the pit crew can be; the performance gap is just too extreme for it to matter in nearly every race.

 

Looking Forward

This is where the Summer break gets interesting for Manor. Wehrlein isn’t going anywhere and that is certain. He will finish out the season and looks as if he will stay on for next year unless he is snatched up by a bigger team and by his performance this season I’d say he’s well deserving of a bigger drive. On the other side is Rio Haryanto. The first Indonesian driver is unsure of his future with the team not just for next season but the second half of this one. Haryanto had a sponsorship by the Indonesian oil company, Pertamina and he was only funded through Hungary. While he was allowed to race in Germany and finish out the first half his second half is very much on a thin thread if he cannot secure financing before the season resumes in which he will not be in the driver’s seat.

Rumors have been flying around if Haryanto does not come back. A majority of them have Estebon Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne stepping into the seat. Vandoorne has actually scored a point this season back in Bahrain for McLaren. Manor reserve driver and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi has reportedly already turned down an offer to drive the second half if Haryanto does not return. The biggest question regarding Manor will be who is stepping into the car come Spa

In terms of technical upgrades, I wouldn’t expect much from the team coming into the second half. While there may be some small things done to the car I wouldn’t expect them to make any progress towards the middle of the grid. They will remain being a back-marker for the time being.

F1 2016 Midseason Review: Manor make mark in rookie season

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