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Haryanto named at Barwa Addax

ESPN Staff
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Rio Haryanto tested for Marussia at Silverstone in July 2012 © Sutton Images
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Rio Haryanto has been announced as one of the Barwa Addax drivers for the 2013 GP2 season.

Haryanto made his GP2 debut with Carlin last season, scoring 38 points en-route to finishing the year in 14th place in the standings. Despite testing for Marussia at the Silverstone Young Driver Test it was Max Chilton who got the nod to graduate to the Formula One team and Haryanto has moved across to Barwa to gain some further GP2 experience.

"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 One," Haryanto said. "This will be my second year in GP2 so with all the experience gained I am confident that 2013 will be a successful year. I would like to thank my sponsors Pertamina, Garuda Indonesia, Telcomsel and Kiky for their continued support."

Team principal Alejandro Agag said that Barwa needed to improve on its eighth place in the teams' championship.

"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," Agag said. "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 fulfil the goals we have set for this coming season."