Haryanto slapped with three-place grid penalty

Date published: March 19 2016

Rio Haryanto’s Formula 1 career is not off to the best start after he was hit with a three-place grid penalty for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Manor driver was involved in an FP3 crash with Romain Grosjean as both drivers tried to exit the pits at the start of final practice.

With Grosjean already in the pit lane, Haryanto was deemed to be the guilty part as he crashed into the side of the Haas car.

Both cars suffered damage in the incident.

The stewards have ruled that Haryanto was to blame for breaching Article 31.5 of the Sporting Regulations.

“The driver of car 88 left the team garage and did not pay attention to the approaching car which was in the fast lane,” the FIA statement read.

As such the Indonesian driver will start Sunday’s grand prix three places down from where he qualified, which was P21 so he will start P22.

He also has two penalty points.