Haryanto positive despite early exit

Formula One’s first Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto was forced to pull out of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix on the 18th of the 57-lap race when his Manor car experienced driveline problems.

The Manor Racing team boss Dave Ryan feels that the team were partly to blame for Haryanto’s mishap in the season-opening race.

“After the red flag (race stopped) things took a turn for the worse, starting with the problem that led to Rio’s retirement,” Ryan told Ten Sport.

“We let him down today so reliability will be our highest priority ahead of the next race in Bahrain and at the same time, we have to look at where we’ve lost out in performance terms.”

In an interview with after the race, Haryanto said despite not being able to finish his first Formula 1 race there were positives to be taken away from Australia.

“My race was short but really positive. I made a good start, the pace was strong and I was happy with the way I was managing the gap to the cars around me,” said Haryanto.

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“Obviously, I’m disappointed not to finish my first Grand Prix but I know the team are disappointed this happened.

“Everyone is really starting to work well together so I’m sure we’ll be on top of things for Bahrain.

“It’s been a mixed weekend; some positives, some things we need to learn from.

“Problems aside, my debut weekend was really special and the support I’ve had from the crowd here and everyone back in Indonesia has been incredible. I hope for a better reward for us in Bahrain.”

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