Alexander Rossi is having the best season ever. Not only has Rossi been one of the top contenders this season, but Rossi recently took home his second-ever GP2 win at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. But the good news for Rossi and Co. doesn't end there!
There have been many rumors about Alexander Rossi's return to Formula 1™ next year. But it looks like fans won't have to wait till then to see the man get behind the wheel of a Formula 1™ vehicle as Formula 1™ has officially announced that Rossi will be joining Manor Marussia F1™ Team! Rossi will compete in five of the last seven remaining races of the 2015 Formula 1™ Championship and will compete against fellow teammate, Will Stevens.
He will make his Grand Prix debut at this weekend's 2015 Formula 1™ Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix and will also compete in Japan, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil, but he will not take part in the Russian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Rossi is a familiar face for many of the Manor Marussia F1™ Team, having been the Official Reserve Driver for the latter part of the 2014 season. During Rossi's stint as Reserve Driver, he took part in a Free Practice session, coincidentally at the same circuit he took his most recent win, Spa-Francorchamps during the Belgian Grand Prix.
Alexander Rossi says...
“I’m very thankful to race for the Manor Marussia F1 Team and for their continued belief in me. I’ve been prepared for this opportunity for quite a while now. Many will know from 2014 that the team and I already have a strong relationship and there’s a bit of unfinished business for me here."
“This is a small F1 team that has been through so much. They exemplify passion and true strength of character, and their comeback this season is extraordinary. I’m honored to be part of this legacy and their continued growth and success. I want to thank the management at Manor Marussia F1 Team and my team in the GP2 Series, Racing Engineering, for supporting both my F1 duties and the completion of an already strong GP2 campaign. Since Monza, my return to F1 came together rather quickly and seamlessly. The collective support of both Manor and Racing Engineering was instrumental in making this opportunity possible.”
“Singapore is a circuit I really enjoy and the timing of my debut could not be more perfect. There’s a lot of work ahead and I’m looking forward to a busy end to the 2015 season.”
Manor Marussia F1™ Team says...
John Booth, Team Principal of Manor Marussia had this to say about the young driver's return to the team, "We are delighted to sign Alexander as Race Driver. He is widely-regarded as a driver who is on the cusp of an exciting F1 career and his current form in the GP2 Series has done much to reinforce his clear potential."
Marussia has a strong record of allowing young talented drivers to showcase their talents, so it's fitting (and long overdue) to have Alexander Rossi join the team for the final races of the season.
Meet Formula 1™ Driver Alexander Rossi at the USGP!
Not only is this announcement exciting news for Alexander and his team, but it's also major news for YOU (the fans) as you have the opportunity to meet the Formula 1™ driver himself at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™!
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