Finally… Justice for Rio

Your driver of the weekend for Australia is… Rio Haryanto!!! After having the official F1 fan vote victory taken away so cruelly on a technicality, the TJ13 jury have spoken and decided to award justice for Rio.

To be fair to him, he did actually put in a good performance in Australia, but was hard to see as Manor rarely feature on the coverage. Things didn’t get off to a fantastic start, with a slightly calamitous pit lane blunder with Grosjean in final practice that earned him a three place grid drop and two penalty points.

Formula 1 -  Australia Grand Prix

Never fear Rio fans, as his master stroke came in qualifying itself, where he managed to out-pace his highly regarded Mercedes protege team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, albeit by a meagre 0.015 seconds. Still, that is a huge win for him and far better than most pundits expected.

The race did not go so well for the Indonesian driver with his race ending early on with a driveline issue. “My race was short but really positive. I made a good start, the pace was strong and I was happy with the way I was managing the gap to the cars around me. Obviously I’m disappointed not to finish my first Grand Prix but I know the team are disappointed this happened. Everyone is really starting to work well together so I’m sure we’ll be on top of things for Bahrain. It’s been a mixed weekend; some positives, some things we need to learn from. Problems aside, my debut weekend was really special and the support I’ve had from the crowd here and everyone back in Indonesia has been incredible. I hope for a better reward for us in Bahrain.”

We have contacted Rio to present him with his award, but so far he has not responded to our messages. Still, I imagine this would be his reaction to receiving the trophy.

Rio Haryanto Juara GP Austria

Well done Rio, our first driver of the day for 2016!

7 responses to “Finally… Justice for Rio

  1. So… Justice for Rio means you awarded him a price, he did not respond, so what’s the point in this post? Really awkward and unfair way to get readers

    • You can go look at the results for our poll, it is public. We publish the results of all our race weekend polls, nothing ‘underhand’ for getting readers has occurred here, best check your facts I think

  2. What a waste of time. Who cares? He didn’t even get a GP2 win until his 4th year UK that series, and as I recall those 3 were in the Sprint race where he benefited from the reversed grid, so hardly an impressive racing record.

    The whole driver of the day vote concept is flawed. The most votes will inevitably be for drivers from highly populous countries who are the only driver from that country, culture and region. The European drivers are disadvantaged, as there are several popular big names all likely to attract votes from a relatively limited fan base.

    Yet more evidence of how out of touch the sport is. A statistically invalid vote via a social media platform does not equal effective engagement with the fans on such platforms.

    • “The European drivers are disadvantaged…” – Guy

      A sentence with “European”and “disadvantaged” being used with respect to an Anglo/Euro-centric sport… love it.

      Fortis, minority-commenters, Neo-Black Panthers, Australasian arseholes, narrative balancers et al., you’re needed. There’s been a gross miscarriage of perception in equity.


      Soz not soz?

      Just joking…

      *whispers* No.

      Yes, haha, joking.

      *whispers* No, I’m not.

      Yes, joking…






    • The European drivers are disadvantaged, as there are several popular big names all likely to attract votes from a relatively limited fan base

      You will be assimilated.

  3. Rio Haryanto F1 seat was always going to start off/be at a disadvantage for the simple reason that he “is not one of ours”, that’s how things work with a certain section of the media and F1 followers, another good example was “crashtor” and his dollars, it was OK as long as his dollars ended at one of our teams, up to the point of him having stood-up to the bullying of “one of ours”.

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