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Haryanto may stop Ramadan fasting for race day

Haryanto may stop Ramadan fasting for race day

Haryanto may stop Ramadan fasting for race day

Rio Haryanto’s religious beliefs may need to take a back seat to safety in the Canadian grand prix on Sunday.

The Indonesian rookie is a strict Muslim, and therefore currently fasting – including not drinking water – between dawn and sunset (Ramadhan or Ramzan – It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting).

But the Mirror newspaper quoted Haryanto’s manager Piers Hunnisett as admitting that Ramadan might need to take a back seat to safety when it comes to Sunday’s long and high-speed race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“It’s more of a safety issue,” he said.

“He has been following his faith in Montreal this week but we will see what the advice of the team doctors is. It is a long race and there is a worry about dehydration.

“Drivers lose a lot of body fluid during a race and we don’t want him losing concentration when he is driving at 350kph,” Hunnisett added.

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