Haryanto happy with progress

Rio Haryanto insists he has made a positive start in F1, despite being forced to retire in two of his four grand prix so far.

The Indonesian driver made his F1 debut at the season-opening race in Australia, the first from the Southeast Asian nation to do so, and, as expected, has struggled to get his Manor car into even battles at the back of the field.

However, Haryanto believes that he can still take heart from his practice times, claiming that his improvement is clear for everyone to see.

“I feel good about the season so far,” he said.

“I’ve had a bit of bad luck but generally, the first few races have been positive for me. I feel quite happy with the way I’m learning and developing with each new race, particularly in terms of my pace.

“You learn to put the disappointments to one side and use it as extra determination for the next event. So I’m ready to get stuck into the weekend here.

The season continues in Spain this week as the F1 roadshow heads to Barcelona, somewhere that Haryanto feels right at home

“I really like it here; the weather is good and it’s a really cool city with plenty of interesting places for me to train,” he added.

“My trainer is Spanish so he knows all the best places and I know the area like the back of my hand now.

“It’s a track I know really well so we should be up to speed quite quickly and able to get a good impression of how our package works here.”

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