The Manor Racing Formula 1 cars weren’t exactly awash in sponsorship this year anyway and with the demotion of Rio Haryanto, F1’s first Indonesian race driver, to reserve driver for the remainder of the season, his sponsor’s gone with him.
Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina announced over the weekend it has withdrawn its support of the Manor cars for the rest of 2016.
Haryanto’s last Grand Prix occurred at Hungary and Esteban Ocon, the Mercedes junior, will step up for his Grand Prix debut later this month in Spa.
“The Manor Racing team has offered to let us continue advertising on its cars. However, we have decided to discontinue the advertising,” Pertamina spokeswoman Wianda Pusponegoro told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Friday.
Essentially no Rio means no Pertamina, although the company does remain active in other forms of motorsport – most notably with Lamborghini’s Huracán GT3 programs worldwide.