Rio Haryanto: “It wasn’t possible to fight for a better position”

Rio Haryanto - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Rio Haryanto could not match the pace of team-mate Pascal Wehrlein during the Austrian Grand Prix, and after an electronics glitch in the opening few laps of the race at the Red Bull Ring, was always playing catch-up to the rest of the field.

The Manor Racing driver finished down in sixteenth on Sunday, but the Indonesian racer felt happy with how he performed, especially when he was closing down the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson in the closing laps, only for him to run out of laps to fight for a better outcome in Austria.

“I started the race on the Soft tyre for 27 laps, then ran for two stints on the Supersoft,” said Haryanto, who ended only 1.447 seconds behind Ericsson at the chequered flag. “During the first stint I had an electronics glitch, which hampered my pace and took 15 laps to get on top of.

“The rest of that stint was working well for me then the safety car changed the complexion of the race and my strategy didn’t work out so well today. I was pleased with my pace, especially towards the end when I was catching Ericsson, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to fight for a better position today.”