Rossi ends USA’s eight-year driver wait

Alexander Rossi (USA) Manor Marussia F1 Team. 22.10.2015. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 16, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Preparation Day.

Alexander Rossi will become the first American Formula One driver to race on home soil for eight years when he lines up for the Manor Marussia team in this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Californian took part in practice with the Caterham team in 2013, but is relishing his chance to play a full role in this year’s event at the Circuit of the Americas.

“This is my fourth year here and in each of the four years I’ve talked about what a great facility this is, what a great venue this is and how proud I am to be an American,” he said on Thursday.

“Now, to finally have a chance to drive here -– and it has been a long road for me -– I just can’t wait to get started.”

Alexander Rossi (USA) Manor Marussia F1 Team. 22.10.2015. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 16, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Preparation Day.

Alexander Rossi (USA) Manor Marussia F1 Team.
22.10.2015. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 16, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Preparation Day.

Rossi added that he believes he has a “very good” chance of retaining his Manor seat full-time next year when they hope to move into the midfield group, having secured a supply of Mercedes engines.

Rossi was signed by the back of the grid outfit for five of this year’s final seven races.

“There are a lot of other drivers for this seat,” said Rossi.

“At this time of the year, there always are but there are limited seats around. I think my chances are very good, I’m happy here and I want to stay.”

Rossi had been linked with the new Haas team, but that did not lead to a seat as the American newcomers signed Frenchman Romain Grosjean to lead them into their debut season.