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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.