Manor Racing was the only team that even had their drivers confirmed. Few days ago we met to Wehrlein, the Mercedes driver, would be the one that would occupy one of the seats of the team that will be powered by the unity of the German firm this season 2016 F1. But for the second seat, there were several candidates, such as Alexander Rossi, Will Stevens or our Roberto Merhi, the first is a favourite of Ecclestone to boost its u.s. market.
As we reported in ActualidadMotor, Rio Haryanto was one of the best was in terms of sponsorship to fill the second seat, providing the money is much-needed to the modest team. However, Rio needed a few million more to be able to occupy the seat and had to gather the sponsors needed to get the amount agreed to. It seems that it has reached an agreement and Haryanto will be the official pilot of Manor Racing for 2016.
The pilot indonesian will pile the MRT05 Manor and he will very willingly “Manor Racing is a team with a vision that is exciting and some ambitious plans. Have produced a great package and I can’t wait to be in the car. Melbourne will be a big moment for my, my country, the fans and the fans. I want to thank all of you who have been with me since I started in single-seaters. 2016 is my opportunity to reward that faith, and to represent Asia at the Formula 1“.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, the new owner of the team Manor also wanted to highlight the importance of having a rider riding in the F1. Feel proud to have him among their ranks, especially with the amount of money that it brings thanks to the support of the indonesian government, the oil company Pertamina and other sponsors that brings Rio. It also has many followers in Indonesia and across Asia…