Rio Haryanto: “I hope we can carry the positives into Baku”


Rio Haryanto - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Rio Haryanto bemoaned the blue flags at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that denied the Manor Racing driver the opportunity to challenge Felipe Nasr after a slow pit stop put him behind the Sauber driver.

Formula 1’s first Indonesian racer had expected to race with the other Sauber of Marcus Ericsson but the slow pit stop put paid to that idea, and then Haryanto lost time as he was forced to allow faster drivers to lap him, meaning he was unable to get back on terms with Nasr.

Haryanto ultimately finished nineteenth, last of the classified runners, and is looking to take the positive aspects of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend into next weekend’s European Grand Prix in Baku.

“The first part of the race went well for me,” said Haryanto. “I was keeping up with my team-mate and also with [Jolyon] Palmer and [Kevin] Magnussen ahead.

“At the first pit stop I expected to rejoin the race and be racing with Ericsson but we had a problem which slowed the stop and I came out behind Nasr instead. For most of the race I was catching Nasr all the time but the blue flags meant that I would catch up then have to drop back again.

“We tried to go long for the final stint and have a shorter run on the final set of Soft tyres but there was nothing more we could do. On the plus side it’s another two-car finish for us and I hope we can carry the positives into Baku next week.”