Merhi unfazed by Thursday practice crash

Roberto Merhi was the only driver to crash in Monaco on Thursday, but the Spaniard was nevertheless encouraged by the car's performance prior to the incident.

Merhi damaged his Marussia's nose when he lost it under braking early in FP2, although the subsequent rain meant he didn't lose any useful track running.

“For sure on one side the damage was not nice,” he told Motorsport.com. “But on the other side I think it was the best Thursday, apart form the crash.

"I think it was quite positive to arrive here in Monaco, a difficult track, and be competitive.

“I locked the rears on the bump, and honestly our car is the one with the least downforce. That means it's pretty loose. It was a tricky moment, and I lost the rear of the car.

"If you have a crash in Monaco the minimum thing is the front wing, and we just did the front wing - thank God we didn't damage any more parts.

"We're struggling to put temperature in the front tyres, because they are a bit stiff for us on this track. It makes our life a  bit harder around here.”

Merhi is using Jules Bianchi's drive to ninth place last year as inspiration for Sunday: “Our target is just going to be to finish the race, as far up as possible.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Track Monte Carlo
Drivers Roberto Merhi
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news