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Published: 10:00 | 18/2/16

Haryanto to drive for Manor


Rio Haryanto is to replace Will Stevens at Manor for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Haryanto finished fourth in last year's GP2 series but he has been promoted to Formula 1 due to a substantial sponsorship backing, reported to be in the region of £10million from Indonesia's state oil company.

The 23-year-old will drive for Manor in the first pre-season test of the winter in Barcelona before making his race debut at next month's Australian Grand Prix.

"Manor Racing is a team with an exciting vision and ambitious plans. 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 and 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," Haryanto said.

"Manor Racing is one of Formula One’s few privateer teams. Under new ownership since early 2015 it has restructured its operations bringing in established engineering talent alongside its own seasoned pros. 2016 sees the team partner with Mercedes-Benz for powertrains and Williams Advanced Engineering for gearboxes. With Pascal Wehrlein – previously reserve driver of the Mercedes works team – and Rio Haryanto joining as drivers, Manor Racing is poised for a competitive season."

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Manor Racing’s owner added: "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."

Stevens failed to score a single point last season with his best result coming when he finished 13th at the British Grand Prix.

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