Haryanto joins Addax for second GP2 season
18 December 2012 – Rio Haryanto will join Addax for the 2013 GP2 campaign, moving to the team from rivals Carlin. The Indonesian, who was a GP3 race winner before joining the series, is looking to build on the nine points finishes he achieved during his maiden campaign.
"I am pleased to be joining the Addax Team for 2013, they are a team that have a very good history in GP2 with many of their drivers progressing into Formula 1," said the 19-year-old, who also claimed pole position in Belgium this season. "This will be my second year in GP2 so with all the experience gained I am confident that 2013 will be a successful year."
Addax, which dropped to eighth in the standings after three impressive seasons (including the teams' title in 2011), is targeting a return to consistent race-winning form in 2013, with team boss Alejandro Agag confident in Haryanto's abilities.
"We have to admit that 2012 wasn’t the greatest of seasons for us even though we were always looking to win races, like we did at 3 very important circuits such as Monaco, Spa and Hockenheim," said Agag. "We have put our unconditional faith for 2013 in Rio Haryanto to get back to the level we have demonstrated in the past.
"Rio has both the motivation and experience necessary and what’s more the desire to improve and triumph, which fits in perfectly with our philosophy. I would like to welcome him to the team and at the same time assure him that the team will do whatever is necessary to fulfill the goals we have set for this coming season."
Haryanto's 2012 GP2 team-mate, 21-year-old Max Chilton, was announced as one of the Marussia F1 Team's race drivers for the 2013 season on Monday morning. Both men tested for the outfit during this year's Young Driver test at Silverstone.