Indonesia’s first Formula One driver was born in Surakarta in 1993 and started racing go-karts aged just six, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers and encouraged by his father, himself a veteran racer.
After numerous karting accolades, Haryanto’s single-seater career began in 2008, competing in various Asian-based single-seater formulae. His 2009 season included outings in Australian F3, but it was in the Formula BMW Pacific series that he really made his mark, winning the title with an impressive record of six wins, 12 podiums, four pole positions and six fastest laps.
The inevitable move to Europe came in 2010 as Haryanto began his longstanding relationship with Manor Racing, winning for them in GP3, getting his first British F3 outing, and making his F1 test debut with the then Virgin Racing team.
He added two more GP3 victories to his tally in 2011, as well as a race win en route to seventh overall in the Auto GP series, before stepping up to a full-time GP2 drive with Carlin the following year, when he also got further F1 testing with Marussia.
Continuing to hone his craft in GP2, Haryanto’s perseverance paid off with the first of three race wins coming in 2015 with Campos Racing. That, combined with his strong performance in the end-of-season F1 test, was enough to persuade Manor to hand the 23-year old a race seat for the 2016 season.
He acquitted himself well against highly-rated rookie team mate Pascal Wehrlein, but funding issues meant he was dropped after 12 rounds - having recorded a best finish of 15th, in Monaco - and moved instead to a reserve driver role with the team.