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Alex Rossi thankful to Manor despite F1 snub

Alexander Rossi reacts to the news that he has been passed over for a full-time Manor F1 drive for 2016.
Alexander Rossi has reacted to the news that he won't be racing in Formula 1 full-time in 2016 following the confirmation that Rio Haryanto has secured the available Manor Racing drive.

Having become the first American driver to start an F1 race in eight years towards the end of the 2015 season when he was called up to drive in five of the final seven events, Rossi was considered a favourite for a full-time deal in 2016 after impressing with his instant pace relative to team-mate Will Stevens.

However, he always face stiff opposition from Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein and well-backed Rio Haryanto, with Manor going on to confirm Wehrlein last week before announcing Haryanto earlier today.

Despite the set-back, Rossi – who finished runner-up in the GP2 Series to Stoffel Vandoorne – has thanked the Manor team for his F1 opportunity before teasing news to come.

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February 18, 2016 3:45 PM

Just when you think Manor turned a corner.................?? He did very well last year with limited seat time compared to his teammate! Must be a big check taking Rossi's spot.......I think/hope he will be there by mid season if not sooner.


February 18, 2016 9:36 PM

It's sad when money rather than talent gets a drive in F1, but it's the reality of surviving at the back. Hopefully Alex can land a decent Indycar drive or a testing contract, with more for 2017. He should not be lost to our sport, both for talent and commercial reasons.

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