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Grading Rio Haryanto’s Start to Life in Formula 1

Rio Haryanto became the final piece of Formula One's 2016 jigsaw puzzle in mid-February when, just four days before the start of winter testing, he was confirmed as a Manor Racing driver for the new season. With a patchy record in GP2—each of his three victories in F1's official feeder series came in reverse-grid "sprint" races—it was obvious from the outset that Haryanto's signing had more to do with the size of his budget than the size of his talent. A £10 million gift from the Indonesian government, as reported by's Jonathan Noble, certainly would have come in handy for a Manor team who had emerged from the depths of administration less than 12 months earlier. Considering that Haryanto was placed alongsid...

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