Feb.27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Rio Haryanto’s manager has clarified reports the Indonesian rookie might not complete the entire 2016 season.
We reported this week that, although backed by Indonesia via the state-owned oil company Pertamina, Haryanto’s entourage is still looking for more sponsorship to deliver everything promised to the Manor team.
His manager Piers Hunnisett, however, denied the claims, telling GMM/Inautonews.com on Saturday: “All is confirmed for a full season.”
Haryanto, 23, had a troubled start to his F1 career this week, going off track more than once and lagging teammate Pascal Wehrlein’s pace by several seconds.
Asked if the long-time GP2 driver simply pushed the Mercedes-powered car beyond its limits, new racing director Dave Ryan confirmed: “I think so.
“Frankly, I would have been surprised if there were no incidents. As long as he is learning, it’s ok,” the former McLaren sporting director said.