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Formula One: Mighty Qualifying for Manor Racing

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A much-improved performance under the new qualifying format saw Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein storm to 16th place in Bahrain today. He banked an impressive early lap on the SuperSoft to earn a second run, his time just a couple of tenths shy of a place in Q2. Teammate Rio Haryanto had to settle for a single shot at Q1 and will line up for his second Grand Prix in 20th place for tomorrow’s 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Pascal Wehrlein:

“I’m so happy! Such a difference from Melbourne! It was a shame to miss out on Q2 but I’m so pleased to be as close as we are and it’s a really good position to build from. I need to thank the team for their hard work in giving me a car I felt comfortable in. We’re in a good place for tomorrow, although we’re still experiencing some degradation issues on the long runs. It’s a long race, so we need to manage that. It would be great to get the same kind of start as the last race and I hope we can stay competitive with the cars around us.”

Rio Haryanto:

“After a really good FP3 this morning I’m quite disappointed with my qualifying session. I only had time for one shot at it again and I didn’t get enough out of my push lap. Clearly there is more to come from the car and from me so we’ll have to see what happens with this format and work to optimise whatever solution we have in China. It’s a harder job for tomorrow now but I’m still looking forward to it as I was much happier with our race pace yesterday.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“A truly fantastic performance from Pascal today. We’ve made a pretty good step here but he definitely had the bit between his teeth after FP3 and knew a good result was within his grasp. We spent a lot of time looking at what we needed to do here after the disappointment of Melbourne and it’s good to see that translating into real progress. We were just a couple of tenths away from Q2 as well, so although there’s plenty of room for improvement, we’re heading in the right direction. Rio has had a better weekend here also and was looking good in FP3. He didn’t quite get his lap together, which he’ll be disappointed with, but it’s coming good for him too.”

Formula One: Daffy’s join Manor Racing

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Manor Racing is getting its 2016 Formula 1 season party schedule started today with the announcement of a new partnership with small batch premium Scottish gin, Daffy’s, ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. 

Like Manor Racing, Daffy’s is a young player, rapidly gaining widespread attention. Within six months of its launch Daffy’s was named London Gin of the Year at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015.

Daffy’s logo, created by New York artist Robert McGinnis and depicting Daffy, the Goddess of Gin, will be proudly displayed on the turning vanes of the Manor Racing team’s MRT05 race cars. McGinnis, famed for capturing timeless beauties on some of the world’s most iconic film posters (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, James Bond movies – to name but a few), has already embarked on new work featuring Manor Racing and Daffy and celebrating the glamour, energy and purity of classic British racing.

Along with a number of exclusive co-hosted events around the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™ calendar, a new limited-edition Manor Racing Daffy’s Gin bottle will launch late spring in selected Waitrose stores across the UK.

Abdulla Boulsien, Manor Racing, said:

“The spirit of Daffy’s as envisioned by Robert McGinnis, perfectly captures the old world glamour and parties that accompanied British racing’s heyday in the sixties and seventies. I’m sure that together Manor Racing and Daffy’s are going to have a memorable year on and off the racetrack.”

Chris Molyneaux, Master Distiller and co-founder of Daffy’s said:

“There is a striking synergy between ourselves and Manor Racing. In our individual fields, we’re smaller, independent players that aim and dream big. There’s a shared passion and love of life and travel, but also a steely determination to stay true to our end ambition and create something exceptional.”

Created by master distiller Chris Molyneaux and his wife Mignonne, who is also the muse for bottle design, Daffy’s is proud of its Scottish roots but also represents its founders’ flair for adventure. Together they travelled across the globe to source the very best botanicals which set this gin apart; juniper from the Balkan States, lemon peel from Southern Spain and Lebanese mint, which creates the soft creamy, toffee notes.

The limited edition Manor Racing Daffy’s Gin bottling will be available from www.daffysgin.com and selected UK Waitrose stores this summer.

Formula One: Jordan King sets sights on 2017 F1 debut

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Manor Racing will retain Jordan King in the role of Development Driver for a second season.

Jordan, 22, will continue to play a supporting role within the 2016 driver line-up, at the same time as contending GP2 Series with Racing Engineering.

Jordan King:

“Spending time trackside with the team last year was really important for me and for where I want to get to. I saw all the processes and techniques that go into running an F1 team, plus I got a good grasp of how the tyres work as well as the data. So when I got the chance to drive the MR03B in the Abu Dhabi test, it felt like I’d had a massive head-start and I was really confident. I racked up 300km in that test and loved every second in the car. But what I want to do now is race one and I’m flat out working to achieve that. Continuing in the Development Driver role with Manor Racing is key to that progression and I’m excited to be working with Dave Ryan, Pascal and Rio for the first time, as well as the guys I’m more familiar with.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“I was at the Abu Dhabi test where Jordan drove our car for the first time and he did an impressive job. It was clear that he’d taken full advantage of the opportunity to get under the skin of the team and understand the systems, processes and people. Over the winter months he helped us to refine driver installation with the new chassis, pending the signing of our race drivers, so the Development Driver role really is mutually beneficial. We look forward to having him around the team and wish him a successful season in GP2.”

In an interview for this site in 2015 Jordan discussed his hopes to make it to the F1 grid by 2017, maintaining his development seat with Manor Racing this season is a further step towards realising this dream. To see the interview in full click here.

Formula One: Manor Racing Pre-Launch Interview

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The all-new Manor Racing MRT05 breaks cover this morning at the Circuit de Barcelona in southern Spain. John McQuilliam (Technical Director) and Dave Ryan (Racing Director) give us the heads-up before Pascal Wehrlein takes the car for its first road test.

John. Dream Racer?
“Absolutely. Even at this early stage of the game, we can easily say this is the best car we’ve ever launched. 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.”

What’s so special?
“Well, for starters, it’s all new. 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.”

So what has it got on it?
“We’ve carried over the 2015 fire extinguisher (winks), the rest is brand new. Some 3393 different parts in fact and that’s just our in-house components. We delayed the monocoque programme to wait for the new Power Unit, which was well worth waiting for of course. The Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid Power Unit is a magnificent feat of engineering and we’re proud and excited to be powered by championship-winning technology developed by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. We also have a very competitive transmission package thanks to our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, who supply our gearbox and other rear-end components. Together with the efforts of our accomplished aero and mechanical design teams, that’s a pretty impressive package.”

You love it, don’t you?
“Absolutely. It was already a great-looking car but the new livery is stunning.”

First road test coming up. What are you thinking?
“I’ll get back to you later today.”

Dave, more or less 90 days in your new role. How has that gone for you?
“It’s been a very busy time, but it has really served to underline everything I thought when I first agreed to join the team – a great little operation, with huge potential and the vision and ambition to make a big step forward. There was a lot to do to prepare for this season. The team did a laudable job last year given its circumstances over the previous winter. This year, with the package we have, we need to be every inch the professional racing outfit. That’s where I’ve been focusing my attentions.”

Two new technical partnerships to get to grips with. How are those relationships developing within the team?
“Fantastically well. Our Mercedes HPP and Williams Advanced Engineering personnel have been installed in the factory for quite some time now and both of their headquarters are less than an hour away from our factory in Banbury. So we have all the resource and support we need pretty much on tap. It’s a really nice, easy relationship, with everyone working together very closely on our factory floor. The transition has been pretty seamless.”

What about the peddlers?
“Pascal and Rio are a great addition to our team. They are young and hungry but, crucially, experienced racers with a lot of talent and a great deal of potential. We’re very proud that they’re making their F1 debut with Manor Racing.”

What can we expect from Manor Racing this season?
“Respectability and competitiveness. We are done with just turning up just to make everyone else look good and every single person in this Team is looking forward to the first race in Melbourne in a few weeks’ time. We know we have to improve in every area and in no way do we underestimate the opposition, but we have assembled 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.”

Formula One: Live like an F1 driver with Airbnb

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Breaking News Ireland is reporting that former Scuderia Ferrari Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has listed his Dublin residence on the short term letting site and Manor Racing partner Airbnb.

Whilst a stay at the property won’t come cheap at €1200 per night with a minimum three night stay, the property sleeps 10 in absolute luxury ,with sauna, jacuzzi and plunge pool, alongside a huge games room.

Listing the property on Airbnb, reflects an effective utilisation of assets, with Eddie Irvine calling the US home the property would otherwise remain vacant.

With current F1 drivers racing a gruelling 21 race season in 2016 perhaps they too could start advertising those apartments in Monaco on Airbnb!

  • Details on the property can be found here
  • Details on the Manor Racing Airbnb partnership can be found on the home page of the team.

Formula One: Manor Racing confirm launch plans

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The team, formally known as Manor Grand Prix, confirmed the full team launch along with updated livery will be revleaved on February 22nd on the 1st day of pre season testing.


This news follows a quiet winter for the team on social media with only news of the 2016 challenger having passed mandatory crash tests and the appointment of Nikolas Tombazis to the role of Chief Aerodynamicist being published.