Despite a hard hit into the barriers in Monaco, Rio Haryanto feels “alright” and reckons he will be back in the car come Saturday’s practice.
The Indonesian rookie suffered a hard hit in FP2 at the Monte Carlo track as he lost control of his Manor on the approach to the Turn 10 chicane.
The car swapped ends and Haryanto hit the right side barriers, causing damage to the car although the driver walked away unhurt.
“I have time to recover. Hopefully, it should be all right,” he told journalists in the wake of Thursday’s practice. “I feel alright, just a bit unfortunate that we couldn’t finish the run program.
“I just lost it at Turn 10 because it’s quite bumpy and tricky.
“I was on the ultra-soft tyre on my second pushing lap, and I just lost the rear as it snapped. It just went into the wall.
“It’s a shame that happened, because we didn’t get to do a long run but looking at the performance today, we’re not that far from the Sauber.”
And although he covered just 10 laps in FP2, Haryanto still finished the session ahead of his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein. The duo were separated by 0.167s.
Haryanto added: “Pascal shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s his first time here and he’s doing really well.
“I have an advantage in knowing the track better than him [from GP2] but so far, I’m quite happy with my performance and making use of my experience like in GP2 and bringing it to F1.”