On the eve of the first free practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix Rio Haryanto’s future as a Manor Race Team driver beyond this weekend looks very much still in doubt.
As we acknowledged in our last blog, it is a complicated situation involving government departments trying to spend as little as they had initially promised possible. The team also lack a fast, cash happy driver to replace him with. Meaning that frantic negotiations are probably going on between the two parties in an effort to find a middle ground. Rio, it also appears is being left in the dark.
“We’ll see,” Haryanto said. “Obviously if you see me at Hockenheim then I think that would secure the whole season.”
On a track that will not suit the MRT05, Rio remains positive and hopes to turn in an excellent performance to impress the team. Having driven the Hungaroring several times in GP3 and GP2 he has an excellent chance of using his previous experience to jump ahead of Pascal Wehrlein in the qualifying battle between them.
Meanwhile, word reaches us from Indonesia that his legion of fans will be displaying their love and admiration for their most famous sportsman across social media by using the hashtag #SaveRH88 to show just how much it means for them to be represented by Rio in F1. The campaigners hope that it will raise aw