Following much speculation surrounding the position of Rio Haryanto at Manor in the past weeks, it has been revealed that the Formula 1 rookie will be dropped from the team, being unable to meet contract obligations. Renault hopefulEsteban Ocon will take his place for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Esteban Ocon Replaces Rio Haryanto at Manor
2016 marked Rio Haryanto’s rookie season in Formula 1, however, at the German Grand Prix some weeks ago, it was announced that the Indonesian driver would need further funding to retain his race seat past the halfway point of the2016 Formula 1 Season, supposedly owing Manor seven million euros in sponsorship. Earlier this week, IndyCar driverAlexander Rossi was approached by Manor to drive for them for the remainder of this year. Rossi however, refused this offer but said that a Formula 1 comeback could happen for 2017.
Manor racing director, Dave Ryan said: “We are very pleased to welcome Esteban to Manor Racing for the remainder of the season. He is clearly one of the rising stars of F1, shining in his reserve driver role with Renault, while also competing in the DTM with Mercedes-AMG this year.”