Manor Marussia F1 Team managed to keep its head whilst all about it were losing theirs in the British Grand Prix on Sunday to score its best result since the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix.
Although Manor is technically a ‘new’ team for 2015, it retains much of the old Marussia F1 Team identity that scored its only Formula 1 points at Monaco last year courtesy of Jules Bianchi.
Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens benefitted from a race of attrition at Silverstone to finish 12th and 13th at the checkered flag, edging closer towards the points-paying positions.
“I’m so happy to end the team’s home race in 12th position,” Merhi said. “To be honest, this had not been the best weekend for me prior to the race, but it all came good when it mattered and I found the performance I needed to get ahead.
“The team has made some good progress here this weekend, so it was good to give everyone a nice reward for all their hard work over the past few months in preparing for the new upgrade.
“It has been a great weekend racing in front of the home crowd, and now we look forward to the next race ahead of the summer break.”
Will Stevens raced in his first home grand prix on Sunday, and although he was pleased to record a season-best finish of P13, the Briton was irked to have made some late mistakes at Silverstone.
“A good result for the team but incredibly frustrating for me,” Stevens said. “The weekend up until the race had been really positive and even in the early part of the race we were going strong on the option tires, which were working really well for me.
“When it started to rain we stopped for inters but we had 15 laps on them and the worst of the rain only lasted for a couple of laps. I was effectively on slicks by the end of the race and that’s what caused me to spin off and damage my nose.
“Overall, we have to look at the positives though. We’ve made a good step forward here, so well done to the team, and the support of my home crowd has been incredible. All in all it has been a special weekend and one to remember.”