Haryanto secures last seat in F1 at Manor Racing

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That’s it. The 2016 driver lineup is complete. Manor Racing have signed Indonesian Rio Haryanto who has long been linked to the team from his GP2 and GP3 days. The Indonesian driver finished 4th in the GP2 series for Campos Racing last year.

As one would expect, Haryanto is said to bring a significant financial backing from the state and will join Pascal Wehrlein to complete Manor’s lineup.

Rio Haryanto said:

“Manor Racing is a team with an exciting vision and ambitious plans,” said Haryanto

“They have produced a great package and I can’t wait to get in the car.

“Melbourne will be a huge moment for me, my country, supporters and fans.

“I want to thank everyone who’s been with me since I started in single seaters; 2016 is my chance to reward that faith and represent Asia in F1.”

Manor Racing owner Stephen Fitzpatrick said:

“We are delighted to announce Rio as our second race driver for 2016.

“Rio’s been racing since he first got into a kart at six years old.

“He’s tenacious on and off the track and made a big impression on last year’s GP2 battle.

“Rio’s huge following in Indonesia is great for the team and for F1.

“They are keen to see him on the grid and we’re confident that we’ll see him enjoying some exciting battles in the year ahead.”

He may have a huge following in Indonesia but I wonder what kind of impact his inclusion will have on the fans in that part of the world for Formula 1?

On a biased front, many American F1 fans were really hoping Alexander Rossi would have made the cut at Manor having done a great job of it last year but equally many British fans may have been slightly gutted to hear that Will Stevens lost the seat to Haryanto. Money speaks loudly in F1 driver opportunities…perhaps too loudly these days.

2016 F1 DRIVER LINE-UP

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Williams-Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa
Red Bull-TAG (Renault): Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo
Force India-Mercedes: Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg
Renault: Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer
Toro Rosso-Ferrari: Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr
Sauber-Ferrari: Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson
McLaren-Honda: Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button
Manor-Mercedes: Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto
Haas-Ferrari: Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez

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Firglin

Is it just me or does it seem this will be one of the best field of drivers the sport has had in it’s history. Most teams seem to have 2 great drivers, or atleast 1 driver with great talent. Although I know nothing of Haryanto even Manor with Wehrlein has atleast one great driver, especially compared to last year with Mehri and Stevens. And since magnussen has replaced Crashtor Renault also has had an boost in that department. This is starting to look like a great year, hopefully Ferrari can take the fight to Mercedes and we’re set for… Read more »

Paul KieferJr

So, what’s going to happen to Rossi?

dude

Racing further up on the grid in Indycar.

dude

edit: looks like he’s a candidate for BHA indycar, that’s a better option imo.

Junipero Mariano

At first I was bummed out that Rossi didn’t get the seat. But then I was curious about the background of the young drivers vying for positions this year. So here we go! Pascal Wehrlein-2016 Manor driver, 2015 DTM Champion ​Rio Haryanto-2016 Manor driver, 4th in 2015 GP2, 2009 Formula BMW Pacific Jolyon Palmer-2016 Renault Sport F1, 2014 GP2 Champion Esteban Ocon-2016 Renault Sport F1 reserve driver, 2015 GP3 Champion, 2014 European F3 Roberto Merhi-2015 Manor driver, 2011 European F3 Champion Will Stevens-2015 Manor driver, 4th in 2013 FR3.5 Stoffel Vandoorne-2016 McLaren reserve driver, 2015 GP2 Champion Alexander Rossi-2015 Manor… Read more »

Tom Firth

I still don’t get how Rio actually got a superlicense, unless he already had one from some F1 testing he did prior to the new rules, 2 or 3 seasons ago.

Junipero Mariano

That’s what I’ve heard elsewhere, he tested prior to the rules change.

MIE

Haryanto had two days of F1 testing for Marrusia in 2012, and a day last year, also for Manor Marrusia. So as an existing super license holder with current experience, he gets to keep the license for this year.

The interesting bit will be the situation for any reserve drivers if they are needed during the season. AUTOSPORT only lists two teams with nominated third drivers (Force India have Alfonso Celis who tested last year, and McLaren have Stoffel Vandoorne who qualifies with 105 points regardless of any testing).

jakobusvdl

Manor have missed an opportunity!
Maybe Haryanto has driving talent, and brings a big sackful of cash, but when it comes to a potential winner of the Lewis Hamilton fashion award, nothing!
Try a Google search, Rio Haryanto fashion – race suits and nothing else, at least Will Stevens had ‘boy band’ style and scored at least one LHF award.

Coji

On the point of missing an opportunity, I feel they should have doubled down on their driver line-up. Probably can’t argue against the Pascal appointment being he’s Merc backed, but Rossi seems well-suited to F1 (i.e. beating Stevens). They have Haas to beat and while I don’t think they will beat McLaren, they could certainly have given it a go, always wanting to improve at least one place in the standings.

jakobusvdl

What makes you think Rossi would be quicker than Haryanto? I haven’t followed the career of either of them, so this is a genuine question not a wind up.

Coji

I didn’t mention quickness. Rossi would be better in terms of marketing with the American fan base the the potential to grow the sport more than it could grow in Indonesia.

jakobusvdl

Fair enough Coji.
I’ve just had a quick look on http://manorf1team.com/#
And guess what! One of Manor’s two main partners is ‘Pertamina’ an Indonesian natural gas company. That may have swayed their decision.

Tom Firth

Yeah, is a huge Pertamina logo across the rear wing too.

jakobusvdl

Is that at testing? As it’s not on the launch car.
The first bit of marketing has worked, I now know that Haas manufacturer high tech machine tools, and Pertamina sell natural gas in Indonesia.
Brand awareness up 100% in New Zealand – tick!

Tom Firth

Yeah – appears on both cars.

Also on Haryanto’s overalls and his helmet. comment image

jakobusvdl

Got it! Look at the right car and there it is!

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