Only a few hours after news reached us from Indonesia that Manor Racing Team have set a deadline for Rio Haryanto to secure funding to guarantee his full-time participation in F1 next season. A fundraising campaign is underway in Indonesia to help him achieve his aim.
Titled ‘#RioHaryantoF1 – Indonesia Towards Formula 1’ The site pledges that it is “Time for Indonesia to compete in the World Championship Formula 1. Let’s support the struggle of Rio Haryanto that has the name of nation in international competition.” The site hopes to raise up to 12.8 million GBP from contributors, considered to be around two-thirds of the fee Manor are looking for to partner Pascal Wehrlein. You can find the page here.
It is unknown if this is an official campaign led by Rio Haryanto and his management team or just by well wishers from Indonesia. It has however received an backing from the official Rio Haryanto Fan Base account on Twitter @Sahabat Rio Haryanto.
If successful this would not be the first example of crowdfunding successfully working in F1. In 2014, popular Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi was able to fund his drive at Caterham F1 through a crowdfunding initiative set up by well wishing fans throughout the world. Later that year, Caterham themselves opted to go down the crowdfunding route and successfully were able to raise enough money to help the team complete the season. Through the Caterham F1 initiative, Will Stevens, last seasons Manor driver, was able to make his debut in F1 for Caterham at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of 2014.