Luckily Rio Haryanto had a teammate Pascal Wehrlein. Besides being known for being very talented, the Manor Racing main driver turned out to be very caring for his team mate. Rio, who recently reportedly will only race in the Formula 1 half-season event, has the support of Wehrlein.
Wehrlein saw the figure of Rio, who is now the only Asian driver in the F1 race, an extraordinary pride for his nation. This is different from himself who is a German nationality, where the country has quite a lot of F1 drivers.
“I think a new German driver is not an extreme thing. But for Indonesians, his career in F1 is sensational, “Wehrlein said, quoted from Detik.com , Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
Wehrlein knows Rio is currently lacking funds of Rp 150 billion to pay off debts to Manor as a pay driver . He hoped, fundraising carried out by Rio fans in the country could cover the shortfall. “I think it’s good and I hope that it helps fund the campaign,” he explained.
Wehrlein wants Rio to remain his partner at the Manor until the Abu Dhabi race series November 27 2016, the last F1 series of the 2016-2017 season. “I really hope that he can continue to race throughout the season, and not have to stop after the first half,” he said.