2016 review: Manor's point goes to waste

2016 review: Manor's point goes to waste

24 December 2016 – GPUpdate.net's 2016 reviews conclude at Manor, which came close to securing 10th with current-spec engines and a new chassis, and housed two Mercedes youngsters after Rio Haryanto hit funding trouble.

Manor: 5.5/10
Championship: 11th
WCC points: 1
Best R result: 10th (1x WEH)
Best Q result: 12th (1x WEH)
Fastest laps: N/A
Qualifying duel: WEH-HAR 7-4, WEH-OCO 6-2


Manor, having been cut adrift in 2015, made solid gains this season and, in the words of Racing Director Dave Ryan, marked itself out as a "serious" competitor. It did this by replacing year-old Ferrari power units for the current-spec Mercedes, and trading an outdated chassis for one that underwent reasonable development, albeit still lacking in downforce. As a result, it proved genuinely competitive at power-hungry tracks, often topping the speed traps. Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein, and latterly Esteban Ocon, who replaced the cash-strapped Rio Haryanto mid-season, also ensured that the package was pushed. Wehrlein's point in Austria looked set to provide 10th in the standings, and the money linked with it, but this was cruelly taken away by Sauber at the penultimate round. OVO Energy Owner Stephen Fitzpatrick, whose early-2015 purchase saved the team, confirmed in Abu Dhabi that he had held talks with several investors, in a bid to secure Manor's long-term future, but it has all been rather quiet since. Hopefully it's a smoother winter.

Pascal Wehrlein: 7/10
Championship: 19th
WDC points: 1
Best R result: 10th (1x)
Best Q result: 12th (1x)


Wehrlein arrived in Formula 1 with plenty of hype attached to his name, after being picked up by Mercedes and becoming the youngest DTM title winner. He was expected to comfortably get the better of team-mate Haryanto, which he managed on Sundays, finishing ahead in all eight races they both completed. Qualifying required some work, with Haryanto outpacing him four times, but the German undeniably found another level when it all clicked, such as his stunning lap for 12th on the grid in Austria, which led to a maiden point – he made three other Q2 appearances. On the downside, talk of a poor attitude was seemingly backed up when Ocon beat him to a Force India seat for 2017, the team describing Ocon, two years younger, as a better fit. Remember Wehrlein's antics in Austin, where he repeatedly ignored orders to turn off his beached car? He will either stay at Manor or switch to Sauber next season, providing Valtteri Bottas completes his Mercedes move.

Esteban Ocon: 6.5/10
Championship: 23rd
WDC points: 0
Best R result: 12th (1x)
Best Q result: 18th (1x)


Mercedes loaned Ocon to Renault in a reserve role at the start of the year, which led to useful F1 test and practice outings. He also entered the DTM, but was pulled out mid-season and placed in the second Manor, vacated when Haryanto failed to deliver cash. Ocon's arrival was tough, perhaps tougher than anticipated; in Belgium, he struggled to extract tyre performance and qualified half a second slower than contemporary Wehrlein, while in Italy, he was plagued by technical issues and finished two laps down. Ocon made solid steps after this, though, to out-qualify Wehrlein for the first time in Malaysia, and was deserving of a points finish in torrential conditions in Brazil, where he displayed lightning quick reactions to avoid Kimi Räikkönen's wreck. Given that Ocon lacked half a season of experience to Wehrlein, he performed respectably, and the potential is there. Mercedes bosses were certainly impressed by his in-season test run in the F1 W07. Let's see what he can do in a Force India.

Rio Haryanto: 4/10
Championship: 24th
WDC points: 0
Best R result: 15th (1x)
Best Q result: 17th (1x)


Haryanto was heavily backed by the Indonesian government, and state-owned oil and gas corporation Pertamina, en-route to a Manor seat for 2016 – at least the first half. Having been hit with the 'pay-driver' tag, he quickly sought to defend his junior record, which included occasional podiums and victories in direct feeder series GP2, albeit most coming in his fourth and final season. He went on to make a solid start, overcoming testing troubles to out-qualify the highly-rated Wehrlein in Australia, and he would get the better of him on three other occasions. However, this was the only positive of a brief stint in the sport, as he simply disappeared on race days. In seven out of the nine races he finished, he brought up the rear, and was lapped four times in Monaco, two more than Wehrlein, who had taken multiple penalties in a nightmare race. It remains to be seen if Haryanto will return for 2017, but he wouldn't be missed from a performance perspective.

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