Rio Haryanto has conceded that Manor still lack the pace to challenge the likes of Sauber and Haas.
The Indonesian secured his second consecutive Formula 1 finish after coming home in 21st place at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. However, Haryanto, who started in 20th on the grid, was left frustrated that Manor were only able to challenge the Renaults, with the rest of the field out of sight.
“In the early part of the race we were in the mix with Sauber, as we have been at various parts of the weekend, and also with Haas, but towards the end we were just lacking pace a little bit,” Haryanto said after the race.
“I managed to hold off Palmer until the end which was good, so while I’m happy that we managed to get both cars to the chequered flag again, I was hoping for more of a fight today.”
However, the 23-year-old has refused to be downcast and is optimistic that Manor can improve as the season progresses, starting with the Russian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
“The signs are good though and I think we know what we need to do to improve and make that possible,” he said. “My thanks to my crew and the team and let’s keep pushing for Russia.”
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