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The Race,  Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2016

Sunday 15 May, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Pascal MRT05-03 P16 1:31.182
Rio MRT05-01 P17 1:29.402

Pascal Wehrlein:
“We got both cars to the finish, which was good, but otherwise there isn’t much more to
say today; our race was pretty much as we expected. The upgrades are positive but they
didn’t influence the overall result at this track with the way the race panned out. We also
suffered from quite high tyre degradation again, so there is still some way to go to keep
improving the car. I think the next couple of races will be a little better for us and of
course Monaco is a track I’ve been most looking forward to. My first race there will be
something very special so we’ll keep working hard and looking forward.”

Rio Haryanto:
“After the disappointment of Russia, it was good to see the chequered flag today. We
decided to go long on the Medium for the first stint but there was too much traffic at that
stage of the race so our strategy didn’t work out so well for us. For my third stint I was
quite quick on the Soft tyres, so we need to understand why the Mediums worked less
well for us. It’s been a mixed weekend but I’m looking forward to Monaco where I think
things will go better for us.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“It’s good to get two cars to the finish here but it was a long and lonely race for Pascal
and Rio. We ran different tyre strategies between the two drivers – Pascal ran Soft,
Medium, Medium, while Rio finished up on the Soft – just to create different options if the
race presented some opportunities. Unfortunately, there was a certain amount of
inevitability about what we could achieve here. On paper, the next couple of tracks
should be slightly more favourable for us, plus we have the test this week to delve a little
deeper into how we can extract more performance from our new developments.”

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