Haryanto's bid to land Manor F1 seat backed by Indonesian government

Rio Haryanto's hopes of landing a Formula 1 seat with Manor for next season have been boosted by the Indonesian government throwing £10 million of support behind him.

Indonesia's Minister of Youth and Sport Imam Nahrawi released a letter on Friday revealing his country's backing for Haryanto to step up from GP2 to drive for Manor in F1.

It comes after Nahrawi met with Haryanto's manager Piers Hunnisett in meetings in Jakarta on Friday – which he later tweeted images from.

The letter states: "Regarding to our discussions with Rio Haryanto and his management, we are pleased to confirm that the Ministry of Youth and Sport of The Republic of Indonesia will guarantee a payment of 15 (fifteen) Million Euro for Rio Haryanto to compete [in] the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship with the Manor Formula 1 team.

"The payments will be made via several instalments in return for the branding space take [sic] on the race cars and drivers race wear plus a host of promotional activities to promote Indonesia and associated companies."

Manor has not yet announced any of its drivers for 2016 but last year's contenders Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi had both been hopeful of remaining on board.

Haryanto drove for Manor at the post-season Abu Dhabi tyre test at Yas Marina earlier this month.

Manor and Hunnisett were unavailable for comment.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rio Haryanto
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news