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Haryanto signs for Barwa Addax in 2013

Indonesia's Rio Haryanto will race for the Barwa Addax team in the 2013 GP2 Series championship, the team announced on Tuesday.
After a solid rookie season with Carlin in 2012, Indonesia's Rio Haryanto will move to the Barwa Addax team for his sophomore year in the GP2 Series championship next season.

"I am pleased to be joining the Addax Team for 2013," said the 19-year-old from Surakarta. "They are a team that have a very good history in GP2 with many of their drivers progressing into F1.

"This will be my second year in GP2," he added. "With all the experience gained in 2012 I am confident that 2013 will be a successful year." Haryanto also gave his thanks to his sponsors for their continued backing, which include Pertamina, Garuda Indonesia, Telcomsel and Kiky.

Barwa Addax struggled in 2012 and ended up a disappointing eighth place in the team championship, after having won the team title the previous season. In their press release, Barwa Addax admitted that the season just gone had been a "delicate" one but insisted that they were determined to get back on form in 2013.

“We have to admit that 2012 wasn't the greatest of seasons for us," said team principal and owner Alejandro Agag. "We have put our unconditional faith for 2013 in Rio Haryanto to get back to the level we have demonstrated in the past.

"Rio has both the motivation and experience necessary and what's more the desire to improve and triumph, which fits in perfectly with our philosophy," Agag continued. "I would like to welcome him to the team and at the same time assure him that the team will do whatever is necessary to fulfil the goals we have set for this coming season."

Agag insisted that the team had never stopped pressing for wins, and that victories for Johnny Cecotto Jr. at Monaco and Hockenheim and an unexpected sprint race win for Josef Kral at Spa-Francorchamps had shown that the potential for success was still very much present.

Haryanto had a solid rookie season with Carlin, finishing in the points in nine of the 24 races in 2012. His best finish came with fifth place in the feature race at Valencia in June. Haryanto spent two days testing with Carlin at Barcelona in October, but Carlin announced last week that their 2013 GP2 line-up will consist of Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer.

Haryanto also tested with DAMS and Lotus GP at Jerez in November before deciding to sign up with Barwa Addax, who had been auditioning drivers including Alexander Sims, Jake Rosenzweig and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in the two two-day post-season test sessions in Spain.

Prior to GP2, Haryanto began his racing career in karting before finding success with five victories in Formula Asia 2.0 category. He doubled that haul of wins on his way to winning the Formula BWM Pacific championship in 2009 before moving to GP3 in 2010 and 2011, scoring three wins over the two seasons with Marussia Manor Racing.

Haryanto was the first Indonesian driver to test an F1 car, with Virgin in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2010 although his outing suffered from gearbox problems. He subsequently had a second opportunity to test, this time at Silverstone earlier in 2012 with the now-rechristened Marussia F1.



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Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory in the 2012 Monaco feature race on the podium. May 25, 2012. [Photo Credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Josef Kral (CZE, Barwa Addax Team) (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service)
Friday at Spa: Rio Haryanto (INA, Carlin) in action. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Rio Haryanto (INA, Carlin) at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. 27th April. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Sergio Canamasas - Carlin
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. The red flag caused by the crash involving Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International), Nicolas Latifi (CAN, MP Motorsport), Daniel de Jong (NLD, Trident), Sean Gelael (INA, Carlin). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 9. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. Alex Palou (ESP, Campos Racing), Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 9 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Friday 27 November 2015. Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) & Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX, ART Grand Prix), leads Jann Mardenborough, (GBR, Carlin) at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 10. Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Saturday 21 November 2015. Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS), leads at the start as Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) spins, after contact with Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing), Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) & Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 9. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix), Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) leads Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 9. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) leads Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident) over the line for the win. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), locks a wheel leading Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin), Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
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