Rossi feels closer than ever to racing in F1

Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:49pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Alan Baldwin

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) - American driver Alexander Rossi detected a silver lining in his disappointment on Friday after a Formula One race debut was snatched away at the last moment.

The 22-year-old Californian had been announced on Thursday as a replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia due to contractual issues with the Briton.

The Russian-licensed team then performed a U-turn and announced while Rossi was on track for first Friday practice that Chilton would race after all.

Rossi said he found out the bad news only after he stepped out of the car.

"I don’t think it was as hard as you would expect because it came so quickly and it went away in the same way," he told reporters.

"I don’t think it had fully sunk in quite yet that I was racing as it was a Friday morning session – it was nothing new to me obviously. But I was quite disappointed, I wanted to race this weekend, but that is the way it goes sometimes."

The reserve driver, who performed the same role at rivals Caterham until they changed ownership last month, has taken part in Friday practice before but has yet to take the final step and become the first American in seven years to race in F1.

He said, however, that he felt closer than ever to his goal.   Continued...

Marussia Ferrari Formula One driver Alexander Rossi of the U.S. drives during the first practice session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman