Rio Haryanto: “I enjoy everything about Hungary”


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Rio Haryanto is excited to be returning to Hungary this weekend for his first Hungarian Grand Prix, and admits he enjoys everything about the country, especially the Hungaroring.

The Manor Racing driver had a disappointing British Grand Prix after retiring from the race due to beaching himself in the gravel trap at Turn one. Team-mate Pascal Wehrlein also retired due to the same reason.

The Hungarian Grand Prix venue has some special memories for Haryanto as he won the GP3 Series race here in 2011. From his experience in the lower formulas, the Indonesian understands that the circuit is really interesting and technically challenging.

“I enjoy everything about Hungary, and especially the circuit,” said Haryanto. “I won here in 2011 in GP3 – with the Manor Racing GP3 team in fact!

“I arrived here two days ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to adjust to the high temperatures that we have here at the moment, and to explore the city a bit. I’ve been here a few times now and it seems to get better and better every year. From GP2 I know this is a really interesting and technically challenging circuit.

“It’s pretty relentless, in that you don’t get much time to catch your breath during the lap. It requires maximum concentration at pretty much every turn if you really want to put a good lap together, but when you do, it’s actually a lot of fun.”