Rio Haryanto has said he will learn from his blunder in the pit lane during FP3 for the Australian Grand Prix, following a collision that earned him a three-place grid penalty.
The Indonesian pulled out of his garage but hesitated before getting another bite of the clutch and coming forward just as Romain Grosjean was coming out of his garage. The pair clashed at low speed, with Haryanto blamed and given both a three place grid penalty and two penalties before his maiden F1 race.
“Honestly I didn't plan to have a collision, but it's one of those things. Obviously we went out of the garages at exactly the same time and it was quite narrow. I was looking at getting out of the garage and I didn't expect him to also be coming quickly in the pit lane.
“It's time to move on and I'm sure myself and the team will learn from it. I had some clutch hesitation and to be honest I didn't see that Romain was coming but I'm sure he would have seen me there as I was just next to him.”
Despite this, the GP2 race winner did make some amends by out-qualifying his highly-rated Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein on pace alone – albeit in 21st -, but will start behind him when the penalty takes effect.
“Even during the testing he was always ahead of me and I think in qualifying with the same conditions on the track at the same time it was really close. I did the best of what I can do and I'm sure there is still more to come.”