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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.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.