Yesterday, soon after Kevin Magnusson’s high impact crash during the Belgium Grand Prix, many reputable and a few not so reputable media outlets and social media accounts caught up with our thinking out loud that if Magnusson was to miss Monza, Esteban Ocon would be called back to Renault, thus leading to the return of Rio Haryanto to Manor Race Team.
Sadly for Haryanto’s legions of fans, it appears that this will not be the case and Haryanto’s will continue to watch from the sidelines for the rest of the season in his current role of reserve driver for Manor Racing.
Firstly, we have to say we are extremely glad to see K-Mag walked away from the crash and has tweeted that he is safe and well and that he thinks he will race in Spa.
Thanks for all your messages folks! On my way home now with a sore ankle but will be ready for Monza 👍🏻👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/7CH5DttYpw
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) August 28, 2016
Sadly for him, it won’t just be his decision and will have to undergo a FIA medical before being approved to race this weekend. We still think the FIA doctors will come down on the side of caution on this one.
Secondly, it has been confirmed by Toto Wolff himself that if Renault do require a new driver it won’t be Esteban Ocon who will replace him. He is contracted to race for Manor until the end of the season.
Not relevant now but Toto Wolff said @OconEsteban is a Manor man for the rest of 2016 and won't be recalled should Renault need a reserve
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) August 28, 2016
They are direct quotes are given to renowned F1 journalist Adam Cooper so we consider this a case closed.