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Pascal Wehrlein: "Haryanto was underrated"

  • Published on 29 Aug 2016 13:01
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein has defended his former team-mate Rio Haryanto after he was replaced by Esteban Ocon after the German Grand Prix one month ago.

Wehrlein thinks that Haryanto was an underrated driver and had a lot of potential to do well in Formula One. His demotion came after his sponsors where having financial issues and weren't getting the much needed money to Manor.

"Esteban is a great talent and it was nice to be half a second ahead of him."

“Maybe now you will understand that Rio was actually a good driver who was doing a good job. I am convinced that if he had driven here in qualifying he would have been in Q2,” he added.

“I think he was very underrated and so I’m a bit sad because he was a good friend who did a great job,” said Wehrlein.

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  • He was, I was pretty impressed by Haryanto. Maybe not WC material, but he was definitely worthy of an F1 seat, and it wasnt fair of Manor to blackmail him in that way.

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    • Aug 29 2016 - 14:27
    • I think Haryanto surprised a lot of people in a good way.
      But Manor did not blackmail him. At the beginning of the season they agreed with his sponsor to a certain amount to be paid per race. When Haryanto's sponsor did not pay anymore Haryanto got to drive another race.

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      • Aug 29 2016 - 17:16
    • Well, blackmailing was an exaggeration, but it certainly wasnt fair play. Haryanto had already payed a hefty amount, and Manor kept asking for more.

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      • Aug 29 2016 - 17:44

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