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If I’m honest, Rio Haryanto has done a better job of it this season than I had expected. Sure, the Indonesian government is bankrolling his presence at Manor Racing and he’s a rookie and he hasn’t performed as well as his teammate Pascal Wehrlein but all things given, I’ve been impressed with the young man so far.

A shame that his future at Manor is uncertain according to a report in AUTOSPORT as Haryanto’s management said:

“At the beginning of the year the minister for sport promised us a certain amount,”manager Piers Hunnisett said.

“That has been slightly delayed, or wasn’t quite as it came across.

“The government see the benefits of Formula 1 and they really want to see Rio finish the year and obviously continue in Formula 1 because it’s a huge benefit for the country.”

On one side If eel he’s done a good job and deserves to stay but on the other hand I wonder what kind of impact his presence has had in Indonesia as a whole? Surely he’s a star in terms of motorsport but there are many who would like to see the seat go to Alexander Rossi instead.

It seems that the key timing will be after the Hungarian Grand Prix. We’ll wait and see but a shame if Rio can’t continue.

Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT

 

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  • Daniel Johnson

    So do you get points for first out then?

    • Dr T

      Does Kvyat count as FO?

  • charlie white

    Going back a few years, was Alex Yoong of Malaysia a big sports star in his home country? Probably so but his presence and government sponsorship kept Paul Stoddart’s Minardi team afloat for a few seasons. I’m guessing the relatively low price of crude oil on the world market has affected the finances of state-owned Pertamina. I’m surprised that fact alone has not brought a sudden reduction in sponsorship in F1 in general. Regardless, there have been far worse drivers than Rio in F1 but I must wonder about the financial stability of the Manor team. Exit Rio, enter Alex Rossi?

  • Dr T

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed – but he is wearing a watch… a watch man! A clear sign that he is a chasing a drive with the renowned manufacturers at TAG Heuer