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Ex-Manor F1 driver Rossi lands IndyCar debut

Former Manor F1 driver Alexander Rossi is set to make his IndyCar debut after confirming a race seat with Andretti Autosport for 2016.
Former Manor F1 driver Alexander Rossi is set to make his IndyCar debut after confirming a race seat with Andretti Autosport for 2016.

The American driver lost out in the race for a drive with Manor in F1 to 2015 DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein and former GP2 rival Rio Haryanto. As a result, for the new season Rossi will head back to his native country for a maiden IndyCar campaign having signed for Andretti Autosport.

Rossi, who competed in five F1 Grand Prixs for Manor last year, will drive the number 98 Honda and will take part in a rookie test next week.

"I'm very much looking forward to making my IndyCar Series debut this season and am proud to be racing with a team of such high calibre and pedigree as that of Andretti Autosport," said Rossi.
"As a racer through and through, I cannot wait to get started; our goal is to be competitive immediately at the first race in St. Petersburg."

Rossi joins Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz at Andretti Autosport after the team recently merged with Bryan Herta Autosport over the winter.

Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti has welcomed the 2015 GP2 Series runner-up with open arms and says the team will support Rossi's goals, as the US driver still harbours the aim to return to F1 in 2017.

"We're really excited to have Alexander join the team," Andretti said. “His credentials speak for his ability and we're confident he'll transition seamlessly into IndyCar racing. It's neat to have the last three American F1 drivers in 25 years to be under one roof, I think it speaks to the level of talent we have."

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February 23, 2016 10:32 PM

It will be interesting to see how a driver that has run F1 cars does in the IndyCars. The DW-12 is a heavier chassis and doesn't have power steering either. Plus, Rossi isn't used to driving at insane speeds on oval tracks. I read that they were hitting 5+ g's in testing at Phoenix earlier this year.


February 24, 2016 7:19 AM

A talented driver who's been very unlucky with drives disappearing through no fault of his getting a second chance in a competitive car,in a team known for multi-season patience with its drivers, is a good thing. Yet another small one-car team being effectively swallowed up by a well-funded behemoth, less so.

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