Ryan Wood  |    |  3 January 2017

Rio Haryanto's mother says he won't be racing in Formula 1 in 2017


Rio Haryanto won't be racing in Formula 1 in 2017 according to his mother, who confirmed the former-Manor driver will instead work for his father's stationary business in Indonesia.

Haryanto made his F1 debut with Manor last year alongside Pascal Wehrlein, but was dropped by the team in favour of Esteban Ocon when his funding dried up from state-owned oil company Pertamina – which has now ended its sponsorship of the 23-year-old.

Haryanto accepted a reserve role with the team for the remainder of the year in the hope of returning to a full-time race seat this year, but according to his mother, that won't be happening.

"He will not be racing in Formula 1 this year," his mother, Indah Pennywati, told Rappler. "The deadline set by the Sauber team is [also] up."

Haryanto and his management team had been in talks with the Swiss team, but it's believed they have signed a deal which will see Wehrlein partner Marcus Ericsson.

Gatot S. Dewa Broto, a spokesman for Indonesia's Youth and Sports Ministry, said he was saddended to hear the news.

"We were of course very sorry when we heard the information that Rio could no longer compete in F1," he added. "We hope that Rio's career does not stop just because of a matter of funds."

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