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F1 2016 Driver Review: Rio Haryanto

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Rio Haryanto

Team: Manor
Car No.: 88
Races: 12
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 15th (Monaco)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 24th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Rio Haryanto did himself no disservice during his half-season stint in Formula 1 with Manor. Arriving as “just another pay driver”, the Indonesian ran highly-rated teammate Pascal Wehrlein close through their time together, particularly in qualifying.

Haryanto could yet return in 2017 should he get enough money together, which would be no bad thing for Manor. Is he ever going to be World Champion? No. But can he drive a backmarker car to a solid pace? Absolutely.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

The best thing you can say about Haryanto this year is that he outperformed the expectations at his disposal, which were fairly low. Had a couple decent qualifying efforts and pushed Pascal Wehrlein more often than not.

Although he never looked like scoring points, Haryanto was a capable tail-end of the field F1 driver, and that’s not something that can be said for most. It would have been good to see him see out the season to see if he could have continued his growth, but Ocon was always going to be a more complete prospect at this level.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)