Haryanto offered 'reserve' status at Manor


Along with its nomination of Esteban Ocon as Rio Haryanto's replacement starting at Spa, Manor has announced that it has offered the Indonesian its reserve driver role for the remainder of the season.

While Haryanto has yet to accept Manor's offer, racing director Dave Ryan is keen on keeping the young hopeful in its stable.

"Rio has been a much-valued member of our team since January, when we signed a contract with him for this season," said racing director Dave Ryan.

"Some time ago, his management indicated that they were experiencing difficulties honouring the obligations of that contract beyond the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"Rio's team have worked tirelessly to try to resolve that situation with his Indonesian backers and we have supported those efforts as much as possible, including allowing Rio to race in Germany.

"Unfortunately we reached a point where, in the best interests of the team, we were forced to explore other options for the remainder of the season.

"We are very pleased to continue our support for Rio's Formula 1 ambitions, by offering him a reserve driver role for the rest of the current season.

"We very much hope that he will accept that offer."

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