Rio Haryanto: “The race wasn’t too bad for me”

Rio Haryanto - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Rio Haryanto believes the German Grand Prix was a good weekend and a nice result for Manor Racing.

The Indonesian finished the Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in twentieth just behind the Renault Sport of Jolyon Palmer. Early in the race, Haryanto saw an opportunity to overtake team-mate Pascal Wehrlein but it didn’t work out for him as there was contact. He damaged his front wing in the process which led to a nose change at his first pit stop.

“Overall, the race wasn’t too bad for me,” said Haryanto. “We were still fighting with Sauber, which is what we need to keep doing.

“Early in the race, I saw an opportunity to pass my team-mate when the gap between us came right down. Unfortunately it didn’t work out and we ended up touching, so I damaged my front wing in the process.

“We kept going until my first pit stop and in the meantime I was able to keep in touch with Ericsson, just ahead between Pascal and me.”

The end of the German Grand Prix marks the start of the three-week Summer break, Haryanto sees there not being much time for resting. He will be busy working to ensure he can continue into the second half of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

“It was a good weekend for us and a nice result for the team at an important race for us,” added Haryanto. “Not too much rest though; we’re busy working to ensure I continue into the second half of the season.

“But I do wish the rest of the team a good break because it has been a very long 12 races and everyone has worked incredibly hard. My thanks to them for a good job so far.”