Haryanto Out – Ocon In

HARYANTO OUT – OCON INIt seems likely that amidst some financial issues involving the Manor F1 driver Rio Haryanto the Renault F1 reserve driver Esteban Ocon will be taking over at the team for the rest of the season.

Rio Haryanto – Money Worries

Even though a contract was signed for the season Haryanto’s management team had started making suggestions they were having issues with being able to honour the financial obligations set out prior to the German Grand Prix. The management team and Manor F1 worked very hard to try and make it work along with Haryanto’s Indonesian backers, including letting him race in Germany, but to no avail. A point was reached where it was, according to Dave Ryan, Manor’s Race Director “in the best interests of the team, we were forced to explore other options for the remainder of the season”. The resulting other options meant Haryanto has been offered the reserve driver role at Manor which the team hope he will take so continue his F1 career.

Esteban Ocon – Ready for Spa?

It seems Manor’s search for other options lead them to Renault F1’s reserve driver Esteban Ocon. The 19 year old French driver it set to be taking over from Haryhanto ready for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa which is the next round. It also seems likely he will keep the seat for the rest of the 9 races of the season. Ocon has taken to the track in a number of free practice sessions for Renault this year as well as a test at Silverstone for Mercedes so he is no stranger to the cars although, as usual, taking to a new car means learning a lot more than just how handle the machine. The various settings and switches on the steering wheels vary from team to team as well as the perhaps larger task of fitting in with the team itself.

Ocon has seen success in DTM racing with Mercedes where he is competing this year as well as GT3 and Formula 3. It will obviously be a challenge to compete in both classes but he seems clear in his ambitions to move up the ladder so time will tell if he and his management team take the challenge of F1 while holding onto his DTM seat.

Good Luck

As always we will be watching every round and as always we would like to wish all the drivers good luck especially Esteban Ocon on his first race but also Reo and we hope his career gets back on track soon.

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