The Manor Formula 1 team has yet to announce its 2016 driver line-up, and although there are a few names floating around as to who will land a drive, it seems that this year’s DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein’s chances are fading.
Wehrlein, currently the reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 team, was tipped to be placed in a Manor seat by Mercedes since Manor will use engines provided by the German manufacturer.
However, the price of the seat seems to have risen and the price Mercedes were apparently willing to pay (€4 million) seems well off the mark according to Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.
“With the amount that was in the media to buy a ride like this you destroy F1,” Wolff said.
Another contender for a seat next season is GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto, who was previously affiliated with the team when they were Virgin Racing and Marussia. The Indonesian is believed to bring €15 million with him to a Formula 1 seat, courtesy of the Indonesian government.
A letter released earlier this month by Indonesia’s Minister of Youth and Sport Imam Nahrawi confirmed his country’s backing for Haryanto.
“Regarding to our discussions with Rio Haryanto and his management, we are pleased to confirm that the Ministry of Youth and Sport of The Republic of Indonesia will guarantee a payment of 15 (fifteen) Million Euro for Rio Haryanto to compete [in] the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship with the Manor Formula 1 team,” Nahrawi said in his letter.
Also fighting to race for Manor is current driver Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi, who competed in five races with the outfit this season.
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