Will Stevens says the Spanish Grand Prix was probably Manor Marussia’s ‘best race yet’.
Stevens came home a lapped 17th on his first Formula 1 start at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“It’s good to finish another race with both cars,” he said. “From a set-up and car balance point of view, this was probably our best race yet, so a good result for the team.
“I didn’t get the best start and I was behind Roberto for the first 12 laps. After I passed him, I pushed as much as I could.
“I’m looking forward to Monaco now, which I think is a track that will suit our car a little more.”
Team-mate Roberto Merhi jumped Stevens off the start but crossed the line 18th after losing time with a flat-spotted tyre during his second stint.
“I’m pleased we achieved another two car finish for the team,” said the Spaniard. “The reliability of the car is obviously very good but we have to find some more performance.
“I got a good start and managed to get ahead of Will and stay there for 12 laps but we were on different tyre management strategies. On my second set of tyres I had a flat-spot and as that was a long stint I lost a lot of time.
“I’m happy to finish my first home race though and to have a good team result here in Spain.”
Manor team boss John Booth hailed the effort of both drivers, and is hoping for more at what he expects will be a special Monaco Grand Prix.
“Both drivers did a good job and we are obviously very pleased with the reliability of the cars,” he said. “Clearly there is some work to do, but our development programme is still in its infancy, so race finishes are key for providing the information we need.
“The next race should be a bit better and of course it is a very special venue for us, as the track where Jules achieved our first two Constructors’ Championship points one year ago.”
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