News has emerged that British Formula One team Manor Racing is letting driver Will Stevens go, and may be replacing him with Indonesian Rio Haryanto. Haryanto is said to be bringing with him some 10 million pounds sterling (RM60 million) in sponsorship money from Indonesia’s national oil company Pertamina.
As reported by The Telegraph, Stevens, who had a lack-lustre season, will be announcing his departure in a few days, and perhaps seeking his fortunes in the US. Haryanto, 23, was driving for Campos Racing in 2015, where he competed in GP2 and finished fourth in the driver’s standings with two first place finishes.
This would make Haryanto the first Indonesian driver in Formula One after obtaining his superlicense with 300 kilometres of testing in Silverstone in 2015. This is a far cry from the fortunes of Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar, who has entered the Blancpain series and put his Formula plans on hold for 2016 after being unable to obtain sponsorship.