Haryanto feels mechanical progress made by Manor at Silverstone

Rio Haryanto - Credit: Manor Racing

Rio Haryanto believed that the Manor Racing team made some progress with the development of their MRT05 during the recent in-season test at Silverstone that will be of an advantage at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Indonesian driver drove on the first day of the test before handing over to Development Driver Jordan King on Wednesday, but believed the work put in by the team to improve the car, particularly the brakes, is to be commended, with Haryanto feeling the improvements he felt in the slower corners will help them at the Hungaroring.

“We tried some new items in the car,” said Haryanto. “One of them is the brakes and that was part of different set-ups in the front.

“I think it was positive but the lap times weren’t really representative because we were running quite high fuel. It was more a case of having good feedback and good feeling with the new items.

“We made a step with the brakes. I thought the retardation was better so I think we will take these forward for the next event.

“The set-up of the car was helping me a lot in the slow corners and again Budapest has a lot of slow corners. Mechanically it’s a step forward for us.”