Roberto Merhi hailed the effort of the Manor team after recording the reborn squad’s first finish of the season in Malaysia.
The team only debuted its interim car on track on Friday morning, but Merhi survived 56-laps of the Sepang circuit on Sunday to bring the Manor home a lapped 15th.
“I’m so happy for the team,” he said. “P15 is not only a great result from today’s race, but also a huge reward for a fantastic effort over the past few months.
“I’m really proud of us. Coming into the weekend we knew things would not be easy; we had to work very hard and stay focused every step of the way.
“We missed out on some of our targets but in the end it was the race that mattered and we brought the car home with a full race distance.
“That was my main objective, as the information we now have is so important for our development, but it’s good to know that we got a good result along the way and finished ahead of some of the other teams.”
Will Stevens failed to start the race in the sister Manor owing to a fuel system problem which struck ahead of qualifying.
“Obviously I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to race today,” Stevens said. “We pushed as hard as possible all weekend and there are quite a few positives that I can take away from Malaysia, including the promising pace in free practice.
“We’ll work on that for China, but for now my congratulations to the whole team on completing our first race distance. It’s a fantastic reward for all the hard work of the last few months.”
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Manor Marussia F1 Team