The Manor Racing Team confirmed on Wednesday that Mercedes junior and Renault test driver Esteban Ocon has replaced Rio Haryanto at the outfit for the rest of the 2016 season. Haryanto who is backed by the Indonesian government however it is believed that results on track not going his way his management had trouble convincing the government to continue their support.
Speaking about the decision, Manor Racing Director Dave Ryan said:
Rio has been a much-valued member of our team since January, when we signed a contract with him for this season, Some time ago, his management indicated that they were experiencing difficulties honouring the obligations of that contract beyond the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ocon who is racing in the DTM championship with Mercedes this season has been replaced with Felix Rosenqvist who took part in a Verizon IndyCar Series test with Chip Ganassi Racing at the Mid-Ohio sports car course last month.
It is understood that Haryanto has been offered the role of Manor reserve driver which is currently being held by Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.