• Young Driver Test

Haryanto hopes for more running

ESPN Staff
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Rio Haryanto was confined to the garage for much of Thursday afternoon © Sutton Images

Rio Haryanto hopes to get more running for Marussia during the final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone after problems limited his track time on Thursday.

With Marussia fielding two drivers during the test and the weather forecast much better on Thursday than Friday it decided to split the running on both days. After Max Chilton had completed 34 laps in the morning an engine protection system caused him to stop out on track, and added to the time needed to prepare the car for Haryanto it was unable to get back out until the final two hours of the day. A fluid leak then ended Haryanto's running early, and he said that he'd hope to get more time in the car on the second day regardless of the weather.

"It was incredible to get my first F1 test run with the Marussia F1 Team back in 2010, so to be given a second opportunity is obviously very special," Haryanto said. "I feel I have developed significantly as a driver and I'm better equipped and prepared all round. It's a little disappointing that I was only able to complete 19 laps [on Thursday]; even without the leak the weather turned against us later in the day. It was still a very valuable experience for me and I really enjoyed working with the team.

"Everything was very well structured ahead of the test and here at Silverstone and the whole team are very open and always working together well. I was very happy with the balance and the car is very different to the one I drove in 2010. I'm very comfortable and feel there is a lot more to come from me [on Friday]. We don't know what to expect from the weather yet; I hope it is dry but even if it is wet it will be good wet running experience for me. I'm looking forward to the morning."