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Rio Haryanto

Formula 1 driver

Rio Haryanto
Credit: BMW AG
Vital statistics for Rio Haryanto
BirthplaceSurakarta, Indonesia
Born22 January 1993
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2016
Driver number88

Rio Haryanto spent a couple of years flirting with Formula One, testing with the Virgin/Marussia/Manor team whilst racing in GP3 and GP2. Ahead of the 2016 season, he was signed to the Manor Racing squad for a full time race drive, becoming the first Indonesian F1 driver in the sport's history. Rio was demoted to reserve driver halfway through the year, however, after sponsorship payments failed to come through.

F1 biography

Haryanto raced his way through regional single seater series, and participated in several Asian events such as Asian Formula Renault and Formula BMW Pacific. In 2009, he took home the BMW Pacific title after dominating the series, and earned himself a race seat in GP3. He joined the Manor Racing team, starting a relationship that would eventually secure him an F1 grid spot.

Rio won races and took podium positions during his first GP3 series, but did suffer from inconsistent results as his career continued. His good performance during 2010 granted him a test with the Manor F1 team, but didn't make a big impression due to mechanical troubles with the car.

He drove on the Auto GP series before moving on to GP2, signing for Carlin. He took pole position at a very wet Spa-Francorchamps and impressed enough during the year to secure a seat for the following season, 2013, with Barwa Addax. During 2014, he raced for Caterham's GP2 squad, whilst 2015 saw him at Campos where he finally took to the top step after securing his first win.

Meanwhile, Formula One was still within Harayanto's grasp. He participated in young driver testing in 2012 and earned a superlicence, but then disappeared into the wings for several seasons. Ahead of 2016, Rio was announced as the second driver for the Manor Racing team, making his debut in the Australian Grand Prix. Unfortunately, just over halfway through the season, Haryanto was demoted to reserve driver and replaced by Esteban Ocon, due to sponsorship payments failing to arrive.