Haryanto optimistic on 2017 chances

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After being forced to vacate his Manor race seat, Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto has not given up on returning to the starting grid.

It was revealed that Haryanto was only funded for the first half of the season and after he failed to gain financial support once the first 12 races were done, Manor replaced him with Esteban Ocon.

Manor, though, offered the 23-year-old a reserve driver position, which he accepted in the hopes of regaining a 2017 race seat.

“We’ve been working very hard to find sponsors,” he told Fox Sports.

“We’ve been looking at possibilities for the teams in Formula 1, I think things are looking positive, looking good. In the next couple of weeks there will be lots of announcements for [other] drivers [and] teams, hopefully you guys can hear from me soon.”

Despite being demoted, Haryanto believes that his first season in Formula 1 was positive if you compare his performances to Wehrlein.

“I’ve shown a good job in my first year in Formula 1,” he continued

“I’ve been competitive against my team-mate who is I guess the star of Mercedes in the future. So I think I’ve shown my performance [level] and I really want to get back here next year, hopefully a decision can be made soon.”

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