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2015-09-29 11:30

NEW DRIVER? Rio Haryanto might fill the seat as the new driver for Manor Marussia in 2016. Here he celebrates a win in the GP2 series earlier in July. Image: Twitter

A new candidate has emerged to potentially race for the British backmarker Manor in 2016.

The former Marussia squad's current line-up is Briton Will Stevens alongside Alexander Rossi, although the latter American rookie will sit out Russia next week as he returns to his GP2 duties.

Stevens says he hopes to be retained for 2016.

New rookie driver

He said: "For me personally, we're working hard in the background to try to sort out things for next year, which are looking positive."

His new team mate for 2016, according to Speed Week, could be a rookie Indonesian driver.

Rio Haryanto is currently fourth in the GP2 standings, and according to correspondent Mathias Brunner, "negotiations (with Manor) are already underway".

The report added that Haryanto would bring significant backing from Pertamina, the Indonesian state-owned oil company.

However, also connected with a Manor seat for 2016 is Pascal Wehrlein, especially as the young German's DTM employer, Mercedes, is set to power the team in 2016.


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