After surviving a financial collapse at the end of 2014, simply getting on the grid was a major achievement for Manor last year. However, 2016 is the start of a new era for the team with new management, a new power unit and even a slightly new name. Will there be new hope as well?
TEAM: Manor Racing MRT ENGINE: Mercedes CAR: Manor MRT05
2015 was about Manor surviving. Remarkably, the team pulled through a torrid winter that saw it come within inches of extinction to get back on the grid. Although points were never really on the cards, Manor had a few highlights across the course of the season, with Roberto Merhi and American driver Alexander Rossi both finishing as high as P12. A real year of resolve.
Gone are team saviours John Booth and Graeme Lowdon; gone is Ferrari as a power unit supplier. In comes ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan and a new technical partnership with Mercedes. Manor has a huge chance to cut the gap to the midfield this year. DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein joins the team alongside GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto, and both will be hungry to deliver in their rookie seasons. Could this be a new dawn for Manor?
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
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