Formula 1 Updates: Manor Brings Back Alexander Rossi
Manor Racing is more than happy to bring back a familiar face to their team. Alexander Rossi has rejoined them in an official reserve driver capacity.Advertisement
The 24-year-old Californian admitted that he was disappointed when he didn’t manage to secure a race seat for the team this year. “It was disappointing to miss out on a race seat with Manor Racing this year; everyone knows I pushed and worked hard for it,” Rossi said.
Last season, he had competed in five races for the then-Marussia team. Following a number of changes within the team, however, Manor opted to take their chances on rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto for the upcoming season.
Nonetheless, Rossi is pleased with his new role in the team. “As official reserve driver though, I have a very complimentary dual program at the highest level of motorsport,” he explained. Aside from testing for Manor this season, Rossi will also be busy with IndyCar this year.
During the coming Formula 1 season, Rossi is expected to attend 11 Grand Prix, beginning with the Russian Grand Prix in May. Of these, five are set to take place in the middle of the IndyCar season, creating traveling demands for Rossi. He, however, seemed unfazed by it. “My schedule this year is demanding, but no more than a full time F1 schedule. I am certainly used to the travel demands of the F1 calendar,” he said.
Meanwhile, Manor Racing Director Dave Ryan added, “The fact that he’s racing full time in the IndyCar Series this year was simply a challenge to be overcome; something we’re pretty good at.”
For this season, Rossi will be working with Manor engineers and drivers to help get the most out of its Mercedes-powered MRT05. He is also expected to participate in team and partner activities. A the same time, Rossi is expected to make himself available to be deputized should he be required to race on short notice.