Alexander Rossi got his much discussed Formula 1 career underway in fine fettle by comfortably out-performing Manor team-mate Will Stevens, despite a loss of radio communication.

The first American to start an F1 race since Scott Speed in 2007, Rossi began from the back after being out-qualified by Stevens, but proved more of a match in the race.

Indeed, despite a poor getaway as he struggled to get a grasp on the starting procedures, Rossi passed Stevens on the opening lap and was able to maintain the position to the end despite a loss of radio communication forcing him to compete with pit-wall assistance.

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"My Formula 1 debut has been a long time coming, but today has been pretty special. All the hard work to get here finally paid off and it was a fantastic feeling to be racing on the streets of Singapore in my first ever Grand Prix.

"It wasn't the most straightforward of races; I didn't get the best of starts, and as the procedure is quite new to me, it's something I'll need to work on. I recovered quite well though and managed to get a good run into Turn 5, where I was able to get past my team-mate.

"Everything was going well until around the midpoint of the race, when I lost radio communications. This was particularly challenging because of the second Safety Car period and I wasn't able to receive instructions from the team about when to unlap myself.

"Despite that, I think we managed everything well and I'm very appreciative of all the effort put in by the team to make my Grand Prix debut a successful one."