Manor driver Alexander Rossi is confident local fans will understand that he is not in a position to be 'anywhere near the front' when he makes his United States Grand Prix debut at the Circuit of the Americas.

The GP2 Series front runner was given a surprise promotion to F1 with the Manor team ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix in a deal that would see him dovetail his GP2 commitments with outings in five of the final seven races.

With his next outing in the car coming on home soil later this month, Rossi will in turn become the first American compete in a US Grand Prix since Scott Speed in 2007.

However, while Rossi accepts he is unlikely to be in the hunt for points with the minnow British team, he is confident American fans not be disappointed to see him racing towards the back of the field.

"We're kind of in the 'enjoyment phase' and I think the fans and everyone is as well, so I think for Austin they're not going to care at all where I am. Just the fact there is an American driving on the track in Formula One is good enough."

"I think a lot of people understand the sport and understand that sometimes you're not in a position to be anywhere near the front. That's just the way Formula One works sometimes. I don't think anyone's expecting me to go there and be able to get on the podium or in the points or anything."

With Rossi reverting back to GP2 as the series resumes in Sochi, Roberto Merhi will return to the Manor F1 cockpit for the Russian Grand Prix.



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