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Rio Haryanto becomes Indonesia's first Formula One driver

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The 23-year-old Haryanto will make his race debut in Australia when the season starts on March 20.

‘Melbourne will be a huge moment for me’

Rio Haryanto will become Indonesia's first Formula One driver after signing a deal with Manor Racing, the back-of-the-grid team announced on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Haryanto will make his race debut in Australia when the season starts on March 20.

"Melbourne will be a huge moment for me, my country, supporters and fans and I want to thank everyone who's been with me since I started in single seaters; 2016 is my chance to reward that faith and represent Asia in F1," Haryanto said.

His signing as a teammate to German rookie Pascal Wehrlein completes the grid for the 2016 season.


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