Pascal Wehrlein: "We are not just focussing on Sauber"

  • Published on 30 Oct 2016 11:16
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Pascal Wehrlein has admitted that his and Manor's focus does not solely rely on finishing ahead of Sauber.

Wehrlein produced a fantastic qualifying effort on Saturday, getting his car into Q2. However, he failed to get in front of Marcus Ericsson who will start one place above Wehrlein in P15.

“The first priority is to extract the maximum to get the best result possible,” the 2015 DTM champion said. “And then of course in terms of strategy there could be some possibilities, that we undercut or stop earlier because we want to be in front of Sauber, but now it’s the normal plan of strategy as always.

“We always try to make something better than the other teams or surprise them with something. We are not just focussing on Sauber and focussing on what they are doing, the programme we try to make the maximum out of the situation, then of course the target is to be in front of Sauber.

“I think it could be a good race for us, our pace looked competitive on the long run, and everyone is struggling with the tyre temperatures, especially in the free practice sessions.

“In qualifying the track was a bit hotter so it was a bit more easy, but still it’s quite hard for the tyres and graining, not enough heat in the tyres, but in qualifying it’s different than the race.”

Manor and Sauber are in a crucial battle to finish in the top 10 which could amount up to $30 million in prize money.

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