Rio Haryanto has conceded that he is not certain of finishing the current Formula 1 season with Manor due to a shortfall in funding.
Haryanto became Indonesia’s first F1 driver when he made his debut in Australia with Manor, having been announced in its second seat over the winter.
The ex-GP2 driver enjoys significant backing from the Indonesian government, but recently launched a fan campaign to raise more funds for his racing.
Speaking in Monaco ahead of this weekend’s race, Haryanto admitted that he is not sure that he will finish the season with Manor, although he remains hopeful of sticking around.
“I hope that I can be here in my position for the full season,” Haryanto said.
“There are rumors that I can only do half of the season, but my management are working really hard to get the full season.
“My main goal is to focus on the job each race to do my best and we’ll see what happens. I’ve been hearing the rumors and, to be honest, I don’t know beyond that. I don’t know, it’s all kept on the Indonesian government side.”
Haryanto is refusing to dwell on the speculation, instead focusing on doing the best job possible for Manor.
“It’s important to leave that aside and just do my best, drive the car as quickly as possible, to work with the team,” Haryanto said.
“There’s the possibility of a lot more to come and to be able to compete with Pascal [Wehrlein], he’s a good reference. I’ll just keep it up.”
Speaking to Reuters, Haryanto’s manager confirmed that his current funding ensures he’s racing until the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July.
“The sponsorship is all paid for up until the 11th race,” Piers Hunnisett said.
“No problem there. That’s fully paid. It’s just the process in Indonesia with the government.
“I think in the next couple of weeks, and hopefully before Canada, we’ll get something confirmed.”
Should Haryanto lose his seat, it could pave the way for American driver Alexander Rossi to return to F1 in a full-time role.
Rossi raced in five grands prix at the end of 2015 before losing his seat and stepping down into a reserve role with Manor that he balances with a full-time drive in IndyCar.