Rio Haryanto: “I’m quite happy with that performance”


Rio Haryanto - Credit: Manor Racing

Rio Haryanto was able to out-qualify his highly rated, Mercedes-backed team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for a fifth time in ten races in 2016 at Silverstone, and was happy with his own performance during qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday even though it fell slightly short of pre-race ambitions.

The Indonesian will start from nineteenth on the grid for Sunday’s race, and although his Manor Racing team had the pace to beat the Sauber F1 Team during qualifying, he felt they were not as close to the Renault Sport F1 team as they had hoped to be before the weekend had begun.

Despite this, Haryanto is looking for a strong performance on race day at Silverstone, believing the long run pace for the Manor team is much stronger than its one lap pace, and is eyeing moving up the field.

“I’m quite happy with that performance,” said Haryanto. “We always knew that this track would be more difficult for us, but personally, for me, it was a strong and consistent lap.

“We managed to beat the Sauber, but we’re not as close to Renault as we would like. Hopefully we will be a little stronger in the race tomorrow, as our long run pace is better.”