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.