Flying the flag
Rio Haryanto puts Indonesia firmly on the F1 map.
“Happy and proud” as he gets first taste of the MRT05. 78 laps completed
Barcelona Test 1 – Day 3
24 February 2016
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Indonesia is bursting with pride today after Rio Haryanto got his first taste of Manor Racing’s 2016 challenger in pre-season testing. The team’s social media channels received a deluge of supportive messages from Rio’s legions of fans and followers, who were eager to chart every lap of his progress as he made his debut in the MRT05. He completed 78 laps – the biggest tally of the three days so far – to end the day 12th. His best time was a 1:28.249.
“This has been an incredible day – for me and my country. Of course I’ve tested a Formula 1 car previously, but never before with the knowledge that I am guaranteed to race it as well. Everything feels very real and exciting finally. We’re now on the fast track to Melbourne and my first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is such an incredible and emotional feeling for me. Inside the car there was a lot of work to focus on, picking up the programme from the past two days and trying lots of things to get me used to the car’s behaviour with different set-ups. It felt really good and we made a lot of progress with evaluations and gathering data. I can’t wait to be back on track tomorrow.”
John McQuilliam, Technical Director:
“Rio was itching to get in the car today, after waiting patiently on the sidelines for the first two days of our programme. He was quickly up to speed and eager to explore the car’s behaviour and potential. For someone on the receiving end of such enormous support – back home and here in Barcelona – he has handled himself really well, remaining fully focused in the garage and cockpit. He can be proud of his first day’s work and it is certainly encouraging for us that we have two very hungry drivers on the books, to match the positive signs we’re seeing with the MRT05 out of the box.”