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Haryanto rumoured to have secured final Manor seat

Former GP2 driver Rio Haryanto is rumoured to have secured the final seat on the Formula One grid this season with Manor.

According to The Telegraph, Haryanto has secured the drive thanks to a £10m boost from his homeland in Indonesia. The money coming from a combination of a loan and backing from the national oil company.

It is believed he beat former Manor drivers Will Stevens, who was only able to £6m, and Alexander Rossi who has been building up a portfolio of backers in America.

Haryanto, a former GP2 winner has been driving in the series for the last four seasons with his best season so far in 2015, finishing 4th in the championship with Campos and three wins to his name.

Pascal Wehrlein was confirmed last week at the team, with the backing of Mercedes behind him. Manor will be using the latest Mercedes engine this season, and with a restructured team is expected to propel them up the grid into the midfield.

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