Haryanto staying upbeat

Date published: April 17 2016

Rio Haryanto has admitted his frustration after he posted the slowest time in qualifying for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The Indonesian driver will start from 20th on the grid in Shanghai, ahead of his Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein who did not post a time in qualifying after an early spin, and Lewis Hamilton who was forced out of qualifying by a technical issue.

Haryanto’s time of 1:40.264 was nearly five seconds slower than the lap that saw Nico Rosberg grab pole, and the 23-year-old conceded it was a day to forget.

“I’m not so happy with my lap today,” he said after qualifying. “Yesterday we were quite competitive and in the mix with Sauber but today this wasn’t the case.

“It was difficult to get the tyre up to temperature because we’d already completed a lap before the red flag. We’ll need to look at how much of a factor that was for us when we examine the data this evening.”

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Haryanto who is looking to better the 17th place finish he recorded in Bahrain last time out.

“Our race pace looked good in free practice yesterday so I’m still positive for tomorrow,” he explained.