Rio Haryanto

F1 is a full house as Manor confirm Haryanto for second seat

Stunt cast it however you like (I guess Ricciardo could be Uncle Joey, Hamilton could be Uncle Jessie and Massa could be... Kimmy Gibbler I guess?) but F1 is once again a Full House with Manor Racing announcing that Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto will partner Pascal Wehrlein this season.

“Manor Racing is a team with an exciting vision and ambitious plans,” Haryanto said. “They have produced a great package and I can’t wait to get in the car. Melbourne will be a huge moment for me, my country, supporters and fans and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me since I started in single seaters; 2016 is my chance to reward that faith and represent Asia in F1.”

Haryanto won races in GP2 last year, so he's no slouch, and I know a lot of folks will feel that drivers like Alexander Rossi are hard done by, but it is nice to see a driver from a completely new country, and from a continent that hosts a handful of races (even if he is propped up by national oil concerns, and we all know how that went last time).

Source: The Guardian