Already lapping five seconds faster than last year's Manor car, Pascal Wehrlein insists there is still a lot more to come from the MRT05.
Pascal Wehrlein has teased there is 'definitely more to come' from the new Manor MRT05 as he wrapped up his first two days in the substantially improved car.
With its Mercedes engine, high-profile engineering acquisitions and bold new driver line-up, Manor's efforts over the first two days of testing have been keenly witnessed, with Wehrlein steadily bringing the new car up to speed.
Though it is early days for the team as it dials in the new Mercedes engine, the MRT05 is already showing competitive form, with Wehrlein posting the eighth fastest time on the second day.
Already five seconds faster than Manor lap times from the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix, though Wehrlein says he isn't surprised to see the leap forward, he maintains there is still more time to unlock from the car.
“I think we improved the car quite a lot from Monday to Tuesday. For sure we can still improve the car and we need to work on it, but for my first two days I am impressed and really happy.
“The balance yesterday wasn't great to start with, which is normal with a new car and new engine and everything was new. We improved so much on Monday and in the morning on Tuesday I felt much better in the car, but that's normal with a new car, you have to adapt and adapt to set-up. Manor has made a big step, the last car they have driven was the 2014 car so it's a big change for everyone.
“There is more potential after the two days. I hope we have not shown our full potential, there is definitely more to come - but you never know.”