Rio Haryanto believes that Manor could pull off a few surprises at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend if it rains on race day.
The Indonesian driver recently admitted that his debut Formula 1 season could be curtailed as he may not be able to raise enough funds to keep hold of his seat with the team.
Haryanto has struggled this season and has retired in two of the five races thus far and finished no higher than 17th in the other three.
However, with his first-ever Monaco Grand Prix looming on the horizon, the 23-year-old is hoping to turn his fortunes around and raise a few eyebrows with his performance in the Principality.
“Although we have slightly more realistic ambitions this weekend, everyone knows that this race creates opportunities like no other – particularly if it rains, which at the moment is the forecast for Sunday,” he said.
Haryanto admitted he’s excited about the prospect of turning out on the street circuit of Monaco, a venue where he has tasted success previously.
“Lining up for my first Grand Prix in Melbourne was a pretty special feeling but I’m sure competing in my first Monaco Grand Prix will come very close,” he said. “It’s a completely unique experience, which I know from racing here in GP2. I’ve actually been on the podium in Monaco after finishing in 3rd place in 2014 and the atmosphere and sense of occasion is incredible.”