Having failed to finish on his Formula 1 debut, Rio Haryanto has set his sights on completing his first race when he turns out at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old, who is the first Indonesian to race in F1, was forced to retire at the season-opening race in Australia due to a drivetrain issue. It was a disappointing end to a weekend that had started so promisingly, with Haryanto out-qualifying his more fancied team-mate, Pascal Wehrlein.
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Looking ahead to Sunday’s race, Haryanto’s goal is simply to go the distance.
“My debut was an incredible experience and one I’d waited a long time for, so I tried not to dwell too heavily on retiring,” he said. “There were too many positives to take away from the weekend so that’s what I did.
“On a personal level, I was quite happy with my pace and how I translated everything I’d learned at the tests into a race weekend context. I know the team were disappointed with the problem that ended my race but it’s all about looking forward and there’s so much more to come.
“My first night race will be pretty special! Generally though, I think the weekend here will be a lot smoother and I’ve got some really good experience to draw on in every area. Most of all, I can’t wait to see the chequered flag!”
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