Marussia enter Rossi provisionally for Russian GP

Thu Oct 9, 2014 11:14am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Marussia have entered Alexander Rossi to replace critically injured French driver Jules Bianchi in Sunday's inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix but the American is still not certain to race.

The official list of cars and drivers published by stewards on Thursday named Rossi and Britain's Max Chilton as Marussia's entrants.

There was no official statement from Marussia but sources made clear a decision had yet to be taken about how to proceed out of respect for Bianchi's family and a desire to 'do the right thing' for their stricken team mate.

Bianchi suffered a brain injury and remains 'critical but stable' in a Japanese hospital after his horrific crash at Suzuka last Sunday.

There have been no medical updates since Tuesday.

The popular Frenchman's car aquaplaned off a wet circuit, in fading light, and into a tractor that was recovering a crashed Sauber.

Marussia, a small and financially struggling team who have punched above their weight this year thanks to Bianchi, are expected to wait until Friday morning to confirm how they plan to proceed.

Putting down Rossi's name fulfills the regulations but there is a strong chance Chilton will be their only race entrant in what should have been a big moment for the sport's only Russian-registered team on Russia's F1 debut.   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