Rossi Rejoins Manor As Reserve Driver
Alexander Rossi joins Manor Racing as a reserve driver for the 2016 Formula One season.
In addition, he will race full time in the IndyCar series in the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian entry.
Rossi will attend 11 Grands Prix, a program that begins in Russia on the weekend of April 29 to May 1. He will assist in the progress of their new car, stand in for a driver if needed and handle marketing duties for the team.
The American had a similar role in Formula One in 2014 before driving five of the final seven races for the team alongside his GP2 campaign in 2015. The driver was sidelined from a race seat this year, when Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto were signed to the team.
Despite being in both series, the team are confident that’s not a problem.
“The fact that he’s racing full time in the IndyCar Series this year was simply a challenge to overcome, something we’re pretty good at,” Dave Ryan, Racing Director of Manor Racing, said.
“For Alex, F1 is still unfinished business. He’s a highly rated and valuable part of our line-up. He does have one heck of a schedule ahead of him and it’s a commitment that only the most disciplined of drivers would be able to manage.”
The driver, Rossi, also believes that the schedule will not impact his driving.
“I’ve invested most of my career in Formula One, and I’m not one to kick my heels and wait for things to happen, so this is my way of staying sharp and prepared,” Rossi said. “My schedule this year is demanding, but no more than a full-time F1 schedule.”
He is the first driver to attempt both series in a calendar year since Nigel Mansell in 1994. The Englishman got an eighth-place finish in the now-defunct CART series and raced four times in Formula One that year, winning the season-ending Australian Grand Prix.
The last American to race in Formula One was Scott Speed who drove for Toro Rosso in 2006 and part of 2007.
Rossi begins his IndyCar season in the first race of the year in St. Petersburg, FL this weekend.
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