Manor completes the 2016 line up
Manor has confirmed that Indonesian Rio Haryanto will race alongside Pascal Wehrlin this season. The team have chosen two rookies to race for them this season.
Haryton has race in GP2 last season and has taken part in three Formula One tests. Haryanto will get his first drive of Manors new cars next week during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalynua-Barcelona and make his debut in Melbourne next month.
Team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick said “We are delighted to announce Rio as our second race driver for 2016. Rio’s been racing since he first got into a kart at six years old. He’s tenacious on and off the track and made a big impression on last year’s GP2 battle.”
He added that his huge following in Indonesia is great for the team. He said “They are keen to see him on the grid and we’re confident that we’ll see him enjoying some exciting battles in the year ahead.”
Haryanto said “Manor Racing is a team with an exciting vision and ambitious plans. They have produced a great package and I can’t wait to get in the car. Melbourne will be a huge moment for me, my country, supporters and fans and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me.”
Thank you for my seat
Meanwhile, Alexander Rossi has thanked Manor for his drive last season with the team. Last week the American said that things were looking positive for him to retain his seat.
Rossi last week said things were looking positive but as reported above the team announced today that Indonesian Rio Haryanto will race alongside Pascal Wehrlin this season.
Rossi tweeted “Thank you for your incredible support& @ManorRacing for the opportunities given; positive news coming soon #StayTuned.”
This season Manor will once again have a new driver line up.
News – in – Brief
Williams testing – Williams have confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will drive the first two days and Felipe of both pre-season tests.
Unfounded reports about Honda
A Spanish newspaper is reporting that the 2016 Honda power unit is more powerful but still unreliable. The reports have been described by the Japanese manufacturer as unfounded.
Last year, Honda debuted a smaller type of engine with tighter packaging around the rear of the engine.
According to Britain’s Motor Sport Magazine, the Honda turbo is bigger for 2016, with Yasuhisa Arai confirming that it will be “around the same size” as the Mercedes unit.
However Honda says the reports are unreliable and “unfounded and speculative.” Saying this will only become clear after testing. But says the power unit is more powerful than last season.
The reporter claimed Marco Canseco says “apparently there are still overheating problems, even though the new (turbo) now works at lower rpm of about 100,000 compared to the 120,000 of last year.” Honda say they have increase the size of the turbo in a bid to resolve the issues they had last season
A spokesperson said “We will not know exactly where we stand until we finish the eight days of testing in Barcelona, so until then we have no further information. We are looking forward to getting back on the track.”
The car will be launched on Sunday and according to Canseco Fernando Alonso will drive on day one.
Radical redesign for Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso’s Technical Director James Key, says the team was forced to radically redesign there car following the late switch to Ferrari power for 2016. The change of design came after the return was confirmed in December.
He says the team had to massively redevelop the car because “you can’t really start again in October/November.”
He told Autosport “The design change was massive. It was completely different. What we tried to do was take the philosophy of what we had already designed – aerodynamically and mechanically – and adapt it to the Ferrari installation”
He says everything needed to change to suit the Ferrari engine and the whole team “has worked incredibly hard for two to three months to get this together. And it’s not just the shape of it. It’s the specifications of everything.”
He says there were a huge range of things which needed to be changed and things they had to adapt. The team are hoping that the car will be quicker this season with sister team Red Bull boss Christian Horner expecting them to be quicker than them.