Rio was born to race. He grew up in Sulo Indonesia in a racing environment, assisted by incredibly supportive parents, and he jumped into karting at the tender age of six: he hasn’t stopped racing since. Beginning his professional career in 2008 he raced in three Asian-based series, Formula BMW Pacific, Asia Formula Renault Challenge, and Formula Asia 2.0. Two years later and Rio stepped up to GP3 in Europe, where he raced to victory at Istanbul Park and clinched fifth in the championship. The following season saw victories at the Nurbürgring and the Hungaroring: both in the wet.
Rio raced in GP2 in 2011 for the Carlin team, moving to EQ8 Caterham Racing for 2014. Switching to Campos in 2015 Rio secured victory in Bahrain, quickly followed by victory in Austria. He finished the season fourth with 138 points.
Manor Racing – in a previous guise – gave Rio his first F1 tests in 2010 and 2012 when he clocked up 300km of testing making him Indonesia’s first ever superlicense holder.
Rio is a strategist and a deft hand at managing his car and tyres. He doesn’t get flustered but he has fire in his belly. He is currently the toast of Jakarta and the most popular sportsman in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation.
The season has gone really well for me, especially as this is my rookie season. I've felt that I've made progress every race and I believe there is still lot more to come. I feel much more comfortable working together with the team and getting on with the team better as the season goes on
DID YOU KNOW?
- I love cheesecake, having cheesecake after a race is always the best
- Unfortunately I always have to go to the bathroom last minute, no way of changing that!
- Before the race I always put on my right glove before the left one
- When I cook, I always start eating before the food is even ready
- I was bigger than your average 10 year old - maybe because I ate 6 times a day!
Partnering with Mercedes-Benz for race power and Williams for race transmission, the MRT05 has been created under the stewardship of Manor Racing’s technical director John McQuilliam