Manor has officially announced that Rio Haryanto will lose its place as a regular driver after the summer break. A successor has been found. Esteban Ocon is new teammate Pascal Wehrlein.
Rio Haryanto formula should be completed 1 career after 12 races. The first Indonesian Grand Prix driver was on Wednesday (08/10/2016) officially sidelined by his employer. In a press statement Manor confirmed that the contract was terminated with the rookie prematurely.
According to the racing team Banbury Haryanto could not fulfill its contractual obligations. In simple terms, which is translated to the pay driver was busting out. To keep the reputational damage for the driver within limits, he got from Manor after all, the offer to stay in the remaining nine races of the season as a replacement pilot on board. The Indonesians took grudgingly.
Haryanto termination in the interest of the team
"Rio is a highly valued member of our team since the contract was signed in January. Some time ago, its management has, however, indicated that they expect problems, the contractual obligations of the Grand Prix of Hungary also "to meet, explains team manager Dave Ryan the situation.
"Rios team has worked tirelessly to resolve the situation with the help of his Indonesian conveyor. And also we have supported the efforts as much as possible. This included the launch permission for the GP Germany. Unfortunately, we have now arrived at a point where the best solution is in the interest of the team is to explore new options for the rest of the season. "
Ocon is new Wehrlein teammate
How Manor has also officially confirmed Esteban Ocon will sit at the Belgian Grand Prix in the second cockpit alongside Pascal Wehrlein. The Frenchman had successfully disputed tests for Mercedes at Silverstone in July and must now collect the entire rest of the season racing experience.
In the carriage Ocons both Renault as Mercedes also had a hand in. The 19-year-old belongs to Wehrlein Mercedes-junior squad. However, he was loaned for this season as reserve driver of the Renault works team to the French. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was satisfied that the future is another star driver in Formula 1 go.
More opposition for Wehrlein
"We are very happy about the opportunity for Esteban that has opened and that Manor stated once a promising young man's confidence. The good cooperation between Mercedes and Renault has ensured that has at the end everything was fine, "said Wolff.
"We have already seen this year that Manor is a scoring candidate under the right circumstances. Manor offers young drivers the right environment to gain their first experience. It is a professional small team that shows a clear upward trend, in which a driver can still make a real difference. Esteban did a great job at the Silverstone test for Mercedes. We look forward to watching it as he makes the first steps in F1 race seat. "
While Renault wants to find out whether Ocon comes as a regular driver for the factory team next season in question, Mercedes hopes with the support Ocons new findings on the speed of Pascal Wehrlein. Haryanto was the Germans, and to annoy, but was never a real bar. With former GP3 champion Ocon to Wehrlein can adjust to more resistance.
Ocon ready for F1 debut
"I am thrilled that I end of the month my Grand Prix debut are already celebrating with Manor. And then also in Spa, the track after my home race, the second best option is, "Ocon Commenting on his promotion. "Thanks I've collected this year as a reserve driver of the experience, I am ready for the climb. I want to thank Renault and Mercedes that they have made this possible. "
"I have already visited the Manor Factory, seat adjustment've met behind me and some of the team. So we are willing to give after the summer break right gas. The team has done a great job this year and I am happy that I was looked after with the task of continuing this process. I can wait to get underway hardly. "
Rosenqvist takes DTM cockpit
Although the remaining four DTM races do not overlap with the Formula 1 dates, Ocon gives his place on the German touring car series. As Mercedes has already officially informed the youngster Felix Rosenqvist will take the C63 DTM cockpit and celebrate its race debut in Moscow on 20 August.
The reigning Formula 3 European champion this year was next to his commitment as a test and reserve driver in the DTM, among other things in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in action. End of July continued the Swede at the 24 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in second place.
"It's a huge opportunity for me to be allowed to drive in the DTM race," says Rosenqvist was happy. "I am part of the Mercedes-AMG family for many years and this was always my big goal. It is a real challenge for me while enter the season in an incredibly strong championship. "
"I am aware that I have to learn a lot in a short time. I so far this season as test and reserve driver've been in the team, should help me. I am very grateful to Mercedes for giving me this opportunity. I can wait to go to Moscow to the track hardly! "