While the world focuses on Rio, I’m focused on another Rio

While the world is focused on Rio, the Formula 1 folks are taking a break but NBC’s Leigh Diffey isn’t, he’s in rio calling the rowing competition. There’s another rio that isn’t taking a break either, that’s Rio Haryanto.

“It will be quite a busy summer break for me,” said Haryanto.

“We need to find some financial support from some sponsors.

“My management are currently working very hard, we’re going to have a few meetings over the next couple of weeks and hopefully there is good news coming out of it.

“I’m disappointed. It’s not easy as there is still a doubt as to what is going to happen in the future.

“I believe in my management and they are currently working hard to secure the seat for the whole season.”

Trying to find cash to secure his ride for the next grand prix in Belgium is going to be a hard task and we’re talking serious money here folks, not a few quid.

To be fair, I think Rio has acquitted himself well this season. He hasn’t been a blue-flag bane or taken top drivers out of the race. He’s even given his much-vaunted teammate, Pascal Werhlein, a run for his money a time or two.

It would be a shame to see Rio out of a ride as he is the first Indonesian driver in F1 and he’s done a good job of representing them. I like this young man quite a bit and would really like to see his career continue in F1.

If he doesn’t get the cash to continue the ride, I will be very interested to see what Manor does and who they select. Any ideas on what paying driver they may opt for? They had Rossi on tap but he’s in Indycar now.


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Tom Firth

Well I can’t see Rossi going right now to F1, but Indycar will be over by mid september, and with at least six grand prix’s which he could potentially contend in, and hope to secure an F1 deal for next year. Of those six include Brazil and the US Grand Prix, races his sponsors are probably going to favour, and having the Indianapolis 500 champion in the USGP would be good for Indycar and COTA. In the meantime, rumours keep appearing that Vandoorne may get a go in the Manor, in the same way Ricciardo got a go in the… Read more »


Dang, I was typing as you posted…


The other question is – if Rio can’t bring the cash, who gets the seat?

Rossi is the Reserve Driver, and while I think it would be awesome if the 2016 Indy 500 winner also got some time competing in F1 in 2016 – he’s not free until Malaysia…

There have been rumors that Vandoorne could get a go at the seat, as could Ocon, but I haven’t seen anything solid on them spending time in the Manor nor have I heard if those would be for the remainder of the season or just part of the season.

charlie white

There’s always Pastor Maldonaldo patiently waiting by the phone.


actually, while running down the hall on his way to the loo at home, he hit the wall and destroyed his phone.

Guy Fawkes

You owe me a keyboard! This one is full of beer now!

Oh, and you owe me a beer…

Alianora La Canta

I think that Rio has done a good job so far this season, if not a particularly horizon-expanding one, and that it is a shame that promises from sponsors to fill the funding gap have so far not been delivered. Of course, these are the risks of heading into a season part-funded, but I’d rather the sponsors had not spoken at all than promised and then pulled out.

Tom Firth

I’d agree with that