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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.

Alexander Rossi’s Grand Prix of Alabama gamble fails to pay off

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Alexander Rossi bobbled for the first time in 2018 with an 11th-place finish in the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

And to add insult to injury, Rossi also lost the points lead as a result.

Rossi got off to about as great a start to the season as possible. He finished third at St. Petersburg and sat third in the standings. He finished third again at Phoenix and climbed to second in the points.

Rossi won the Long Beach Grand Prix after starting from the pole and leading 71 laps. That put him at the top of the standings after three races.

Then, as quickly as he climbed to the top, he got knocked down a spot after finishing off the podium for the first time in 2018.

Rossi not only missed the podium, he finished outside the top 10.

“We didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Rossi said after the race. “That remains a mystery. But at the end of the day it was about survival. We couldn’t make the tires last; we couldn’t really get a great fuel number.”

The biggest negative was the one factor that was mostly out of his control. Rossi gambled that he was facing only a brief shower when rain began to fall with about 15 minutes remaining. He was wrong.

“We tried to be pretty aggressive on the dry tires and stay out and survive the rain, hoping it would dry out,” Rossi said. “And it didn’t really work.

“Sometimes you’ll have those days.”