Haryanto 'positive' over 2017 chances
20 September 2016 – Manor's Rio Haryanto says things are "looking positive" as he strives to return to the Formula 1 grid in 2017.
Haryanto competed in the opening 12 Grands Prix for Manor but his race driver contract was terminated during the summer break after he failed to meet financial obligations.
Manor offered Haryanto a role to act as reserve driver to Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon, which he accepted, and he is targeting a return to a race seat next season.
"We've been working very hard to find sponsors," Haryanto explained to Fox Sports.
"We've been looking at possibilities for the teams in Formula 1, I think things are looking positive, looking good.
"In the next couple of weeks there will be lots of announcements for [other] drivers [and] teams, hopefully you guys can hear from me soon."
Haryanto believes his performances compared to team-mate Wehrlein proved his value in the sport.
"I've shown a good job in my first year in Formula 1," he commented.
"I've been competitive against my team-mate who is I guess the star of Mercedes in the future.
"So I think I've shown my performance [level] and I really want to get back here next year, hopefully a decision can be made soon."
Haryanto took a best finish of 15th at the Monaco Grand Prix.