Wehrlein de­lighted with first points fin­ish

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Pascal Wehrlein doesn’t know where Manor’s im­proved pace came from as he gave the team its first point in two years in Aus­tria last week­end.

The DTM cham­pion started an im­pres­sive 12th and was run­ning just be­hind Valt­teri Bot­tas’ Wil­liams in 11th when Ser­gio Perez crashed, hand­ing him the fi­nal point-scor­ing place. It was Manor’s first point since Jules Bianchi fin­ished ninth in Monaco in 2014.

“I thought ‘the race is done’ be­cause we were so un­lucky with the safety car,” Wehrlein ad­mit­ted. “But I kept push­ing and try­ing to manage my tyres be­cause I didn’t want to stop again.

“I was able to fight with him [Bot­tas]. It was a great performance to­day from the car and I don’t know where it was com­ing from. It’s the first week­end that we were not strug­gling with tyre tem­per­a­ture. We don’t have so much down­force as the other teams and down­force puts en­ergy into the tyres. We haven’t had this be­fore and it helped us a lot.”

Wehrlein al­most lost the ad­van­tage of his strong qual­i­fy­ing be­fore the race even started as he lined up in the wrong place on the grid and had to re­verse back. “I re­versed, stopped, put it into first gear then I saw the first light come,” Wehrlein said. “I’m sure that was it [a penalty].

“Then you have so many but­tons to put the en­gine mode in and an­other thing to put in, then I needed to find the re­verse gear and I was like a DJ on my steer­ing wheel.”

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