Manor racing director Dave Ryan says it is Manor's job to help bring Rio Haryanto up to speed in Formula 1, but says he is talented enough to fare well in the sport.
A three-time race winner in the GP2 Series last year, Haryanto steps up to F1 this year with the reworked Manor Racing team, which this year makes use of prime Mercedes power and benefits from a series of high profile technical staff acquisitions.
One of three rookies on the grid along with Jolyon Palmer and new team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, Haryanto himself admits he is adapting to the rigors of F1 from GP2, but Ryan feels he has an opportunity to flourish in Manor and has no doubts of his ability to do so.
“Rio has obviously got talent,” Ryan said. “He did a pretty good job in GP2 last year, he won races. He seems to have a level head on his shoulders. The problem he has is he hasn't had a lot of time in an F1 car. The way testing is restricted to the teams makes it really hard to prepare a driver for F1, so he has to overcome that early.
“He is a talented driver and like Pascal he is a great kid. A bit more reserved than Pascal, but I am sure he will be pretty good and do a good job for us.”
Haryanto is driving the Manor MRT05 on the final day of testing having so far completed 170 laps in his three days in the car so far.