Quite pleasantly surprised by Haryanto too. He’s very close to Chilton, who has two full seasons in GP2 under his belt. Dillmann looks handy enough too. Be interesting to see how he and Nasr get along off the front row – and whether Valsecchi can come through to make it a perfect run of wins in Bahrain.
I can’t help but wonder if Marussia are priming Haryanto for a seat in Formula 1 someday. He contested GP3 with Manor under the Marussia name, and now he’s racing for Marussia Carlin. The constant merry-go-round of drivers within the team would set a poor precedent, and they have a history (as with Wickens) of only providing minimal backing to their drivers, but the team seems to be making some kind of progress, so they might be inclined to take Haryanto next year.
Superb win by Dillmann in the second race. He pulled out a decent lead early on but when Razia started reeling him in later on I thought he was done for. But he stayed cool and a small mistake by Razia at the beginning of the final lap helped Dillmann get home safely.
Third for Valsecchi strengthens his position in the championship – he did well to catch and re-pass Gutierrez. Good drive by Nasr too – hopefully the stewards will leave his position alone, he’s had some questionable penalties over the course of these two weekends in Bahrain.