Rio Haryanto, the now-ex Formula 1 driver backed by a state-owned Indonesian oil company, is out of the backmarker Manor F1 team, per Racer. What happened to all that sweet, sweet oil money, Rio?
Haryanto was dismissed for being unable to meet his contractual obligations, which in F1-backmarker-ese means ‘he didn’t cough up the dough.’ He only had enough money to fund his seat through the Hungarian Grand Prix, but was able to work out a deal with the team to race at Hockenheim to see if he could get his sponsorship back on track, per Racer’s report.
Sadly for F1's first Indonesian driver, that Indonesian oil-cash did not come through. Many believe that Haryanto struggled to explain his results and the nature of being a backmarker in F1 to the Indonesian government, according to Racer. (Myth plausible!)
Since Manor was unable to offer the drive to their own reserve driver, they poached Renault’s. Welcome to the big show, Esteban Ocon.