Haryanto Earns F1 Test With Virgin Racing


GP3 Series racer Rio Haryanto has been awarded an F1 test by Virgin Racing for his performances in the series.

Virgin Racing was born out of successful single-seater team Manor, who have been running in the new GP3 Series this year in a Virgin-style livery. The Formula 1 team also promised a test in one of their cars for the Manor driver who finished highest in the GP3 standings.

17-year-old Indonesian Haryanto is currently fifth in the standings ahead of the final race of the season. His nearest teammate is Briton James Jakes, who sits ninth and can now not catch Haryanto. The current testing restrictions mean that Haryanto will most likely get his chance to drive the VR-01 during the rookie test in Abu Dhabi in November.

Haryanto won the Formula BMW Pacific title in 2009, winning 11 of the 15 rounds. He has won once in GP3 this year, in Istanbul.