Haryanto still hoping for an F1 return

Thu Dec 1, 2016 12:04pm EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - The competition for the last three slots on the 2017 Formula One starting grid is hotting up but Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto believes he is still in with a shout.

"Of course there is a chance to get back again. We are working hard to get the seat back," the 23-year-old told Reuters. "It has to be next year."

Haryanto started 12 races for Manor this year, becoming the first Indonesian to compete in Formula One, before being replaced by French rookie Esteban Ocon after the German Grand Prix in July.

He has been the team's reserve since then, itching to get back on the racetrack.

Manor's future is currently up in the air, with owner Stephen Fitzpatrick saying at last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that talks were at an advanced stage with an unnamed investor, and they have yet to confirm their two drivers.

The other seat still open is at Sauber.

Ocon has already moved on to Force India for 2017 while Germany's Pascal Wehrlein, the Mercedes reserve who raced for Manor this year, has been linked to Sauber in media speculation if he does not stay at his current team.

Brazilian Felipe Nasr and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez are also seeking to secure their Formula One futures and talking to Manor.   Continued...

 
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Rio Haryanto of Manor during practice
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