Alexander Rossi says the disappointment of being dropped by Marussia after FP1 for the Belgian Grand Prix is part of his role as reserve driver.

Rossi was set to race in place of Max Chilton at Spa due to contractual issues for the Briton, but Marussia then announced during FP1 that Chilton had been reinstated and would be back in the car from FP2 onwards. While Rossi admitted he was disappointed with the situation, he said the experience of driving in FP1 and preparing for a race weekend had helped his development.

"Overall I feel it has been a very positive couple of days," Rossi said. "Obviously I am disappointed not to be racing this weekend. I've spent my whole life and career working towards competing and I'm ready to race in F1. However, today was a very positive step in my role with Marussia F1 Team. I'm now even more ready to step into a race seat when called upon.

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"My role as the Marussia F1 Team Official Reserve Driver means that I will be asked to step up and also step down at times. I'm confident in myself, my abilities and the responsibility to be fully prepared to do what the team needs from me.

"Driving the MR03 in this morning's Free Practice session was extremely positive, despite the small technical challenges which affected the overall pace. It was great to get a session in the car and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel again very soon."

Marussia team principal John Booth added his own praise of Rossi's handling of the situation on Friday.

"I have been following Alexander since his early junior formula days and I'm proud to have him in our car and on our team," Booth said. "Alexander acquitted himself incredibly well today to the MR03 and its systems. Despite a few system glitches that held back his overall lap time he had a very good practice session and helped the team prepare for FP2.

"He conducted himself really well today, on and off track. I have huge respect for Alexander and he's done a tremendous job. It's not the first time he's been in a Formula 1 car and it certainly won't be his last. That I am sure."