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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: King, Haryanto to test with Manor in Abu Dhabi

Jordan King and Rio Haryanto are named as Manor Racing's drivers for the one-day Pirelli tyre test at Abu Dhabi next week.
Manor Racing has announced GP2 drivers Jordan King and Rio Haryanto will be on testing duties for the team at the post-season Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test next week.

Son of Manor co-owner Justin King, the test will mark Jordan's first outing in an F1 car and his first time at the wheel of the Manor since being announced as its development driver at the start of the season.

With one round to go, King is 12th in the GP2 standings with a best finish of second position at Spa-Francorchamps in August.

“The Development Driver role has been a fantastic opportunity for me this season and I have enjoyed and benefited from every minute spent with the team. The European rounds of GP2 Series mirrored the F1 races, so it was very easy to combine my racing commitments with spending time shadowing the Manor drivers and engineers.

“In Austin and Mexico I was able to fully immerse myself in the F1 environment and I'm learning about how things work on and off the race track. Naturally, what I've been looking forward to most is the chance to drive the MR03B, and I can't wait to bring everything I've learned together in Abu Dhabi next week.”

Haryanto, meanwhile, will be 'returning' to the Manor fold having previously undertaken test driver duties for the team in its former Virgin and Marussia guises. The Indonesian – who enjoys significant backing from state-owned petroleum firm Pertamina – is considered a candidate for a 2016 race drive having enjoyed a strong GP2 campaign that has yielded three wins.

“I'm really looking forward to being back with the team at the Abu Dhabi test. In many ways it is essentially the same team, although the car is quite different. I feel much better prepared for this test, and after a very competitive season in GP2, I can't wait to show how much I have developed to become a more complete driver.”

Manor's participation in Abu Dhabi comes despite missing other in-season outings in Spain and Austria this year, with the test marking the final outing for the 2014-based MR30B-Ferrari before it is replaced with an up to date Mercedes-powered chassis for 2016.

The test – which has been arranged specifically for Pirelli to begin work on its 2016 specification tyres - is also likely to mark the final appearance of Graeme Lowdon and John Booth in the roles as sporting director and team principal after the pair tendered their resignation in October.

Dave Ryan has already been announced as its new racing director.


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Hypoc

November 23, 2015 2:04 PM

mArvAlcao17:
Hypoc: Haryanto, the Maldonado of Asia, backed by the Indonesian goverment, will be a perfect addition to the grid next year.
I'm Indonesian, and i want to say it's not entirely correct. Yes, Pertamina (Goverment's owned oil company) supports Rio but they controled the company by their own power, without any govermen involvement
"Pertamina is now under the coordinator of the State Minister of State-owned Enterprises."

Marauder

November 23, 2015 8:07 PM

anjing:
Marauder: "The Indonesian, who enjoys significant backing from state owned petroleum firm Pertamina" If he gets a seat, it will not be because he's a good driver.
who cares he is good driver or not? not good driver has 3 wins in gp2? hahahahaha
F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport, that means only the best of the best should be driving those cars. Drivers who have only won a few races and no championships shouldn't even be considered for F1. Problem is, the sport is a mess and teams are having to take on pay drivers. Half of the grid have earned their drive, the other half have not.



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