Rio Haryanto has paid tribute to his fans a day after it was confirmed that he will no longer race for Manor.
The 23-year-old’s Formula 1 future has been in doubt for some time as the funding which secured him a race-seat only ran until last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
While Haryanto and his management were hopeful of agreeing a deal which would see Indonesia’s first F1 driver race for the remainder of the season, on Wednesday Manor announced that he had been dropped to the role of reserve driver, with Esteban Ocon later confirmed as his replacement.
On Thursday morning, Haryanto took to Twitter to thank all those who had supported him.
So I’m no longer a race driver in 2016 due to lack of funds. Thank you all for your kind messages. Looking forward for the next challenge
— Rio Haryanto (@RHaryantoracing) August 10, 2016
It appears unlikely that Haryanto will be back on the grid in 2017, with the driver likely to be relegated to a lower class.