Alexander Rossi says he won't dwell on crashing out of his first free practice session as an F1 driver, saying he is confident he can out-qualify team-mate Will Stevens on his debut in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Having been signed as a replacement for Roberto Merhi for five of the remaining seven races, though GP2 front runner Rossi has competed in an FP1 session before - at Spa with Manor/Marussia in 2014 -, the Singapore FP1 sessions marks his first outing as an F1 driver.

However, while the American was quickly up to speed in FP1 to prove a measure of new team-mate Stevens in terms of lap time, a mistake at turn 18 in the closing stages would see him end the session in the wall.

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Losing him mileage in FP2 as well as Manor busily repaired his car, Rossi was frustrated that a 'small mistake' had such consequences, but was otherwise pleased with his quick adaptation.

"It was good apart from 30 seconds of it. I was quite upset to be honest, it's not what you want to do in your first session. The team has moved on from it, I've moved on from it. They did a great job to get the car back out for FP2. We just need to learn from it.

Indeed, though Rossi admits the lost track time isn't ideal for the race, he is confident he can come away from qualifying ahead of Stevens.

"Yeah, I think so," he responded when asked whether he can challenge the Englishman. "I got up to speed very quickly. I made a small mistake in FP1 which hurt us a bit so we lost time in FP2 and didn't get to do our long runs, but I felt comfortable in the car straight away."