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Haryanto joins Chilton at Carlin for 2012

Indonesia's Auto GP and GP3 star Rio Haryanto has been signed up by Marussia Carlin GP2 to race in 2012 alongside Britain's Max Chilton.
Rio Haryanto has been confirmed for a 2012 race seat at Marussia Carlin GP2 alongside Max Chilton, the team has confirmed.

The teenager from Indonesia competed in last year's GP3 Series with Marussia Manor Racing and in Auto GP with DAMS, having been 2009 BMW Pacific Champion and then a part of the Marussia F1 Team Young Driver Programme for the past two years. Haryanto made his feeder series d├ębut when he competed in last November's post-season GP2 Final exhibition event at Abu Dhabi for DAMS.

"I am looking forward to my first year in the Series with the Marussia Carlin GP2 Team," said Haryanto, who turned 19 last month. "The first year in GP2 will be a steep learning curve but I will be trying to learn as much as possible and aim for consistent results. I am looking forward to the challenge!"

Haryanto picked up two race wins in GP3 last season - the feature race at the Nurburgring and the sprint race in Hungary - and finished on the podium in both of the final weekend's races at Monza. He picked up another race win in Auto GP with victory in the second Valencia race, and finished on the podium in the last race of the year at Mugello.

"Rio is an extremely welcome addition to the team," said the team's racing director Trevor Carlin. "He is still very young but having watched him first hand in GP3 last year, I'm sure we'll see some exciting racing from him this year."

Haryanto will be racing alongside Max Chilton, who debuted in GP2 in 2010 with Ocean Racing Technology and who as part of Carlin's 2011 GP2 campaign managed to finish in the points in both of the series races at Monaco, as well as the sprint race at the Nurburgring.

"I'm very excited about the season ahead in GP2," said Chilton. "I can't wait to get back on track and build on the progress we've made over the winter."

Chilton, 20, admitted to being a little disappointed about how his sophomore season in GP2 had ended up going. "We didn't get the results we'd hoped for last season," he said, but added that in his view: "We had a very good car," which he expected to be even better in 2012.

"We're extremely happy to have Max staying with us for a second season in the GP2 Series," said Trevor Carlin. "He developed hugely as a driver in 2011 and regular podium positions should be the aim for him in 2012," he added, making clear his and the team's expectations of the 20-year-old driver from Reigate in the coming season.

Carlin also announced a new technical partnership with Marussia F1 that sees the team adopt the Marussia name and livery in GP2 in 2012. [See full story]

"To be racing in Marussia livery makes the season ahead even more exciting," said Chilton. "As a driver I'm delighted to be associated with such a young and promising F1 team."

Haryanto and Chilton will get their first outing in the car this year next week, when the first official pre-season testing is scheduled in Jerez between February 28 and March 1.

The start of the season itself is scheduled for Sepang in Malaysia on March 24-25.



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Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Rio Haryanto (INA, Dams) at the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi - November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) with Trevor Carlin, Carlin Team Principal, during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Rio Haryanto (INA, Dams) at the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi - November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) heads to the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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oisanjaya

March 02, 2012 4:56 AM

I'm very glad that finally there's an Indonesian driver on GP2, i hope someday there will be one on F1. But after three days of official test at Jerez it seems that Rio still needs much more improvement to be competitive. Anyway, maju terus Rio. Dengan berlaga di GP2 saja kau telah mengharumkan nama bangsa, apalagi bila mampu meraih kemenangan. All Indonesian pray for your success, Rio. Be fast, be smart, be a winner!

ryoooo99 - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 7:09 PM

Hmmm... Rio Haryanto is one hero from Indonesia, we all Indonesian peoples always pray and support @RHaryantoRacing in this GP2 series event, soon to F1 keep pushing!



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