Alexander Rossi

Rossi to replace Merhi for Japanese GP

Rossi to replace Merhi for Japanese GP

Rossi to replace Merhi for Japanese GP

Roberto Merhi’s time in formula one could be coming to an end.

The Spanish rookie has been on a race-by-race deal with struggling backmarker Manor all season, but in recent days it had appeared his seat was more secure.

That is because he has finally stopped splitting his time between F1 and the Formula Renault 3.5 series, telling El Confidencial newspaper this week that he has “options to continue with Manor” beyond the end of the season.

The Spanish daily Marca, however, has heard otherwise.

The newspaper claims Californian GP2 driver Alexander Rossi, formerly a test driver with Marussia and Caterham, “has come up with the money” asked by Manor for a race seat.

Marca said Rossi, 23, could even begin his duties this weekend in Singapore, starting with a Friday practice role in Merhi’s seat.

Rossi would then “definitely” be in the race seat next weekend in Japan, correspondent Pablo Juanarena claimed.

More should be known in Singapore on Thursday, when Merhi is scheduled to attend the official FIA press conference.

Rossi is currently second in the GP2 standings, having won two races including recently at Monza. (GMM)


  • FAB

    Wait a minute…it is possible that HASS & Ferrari are putting up the money for this Seat (Ferrari did it for Bianchi)…to give him experience…Can’t think of any other Sponsor that would fork out the cash for him…Maybe he will tell us who is backing this exercise. I also believe that HAAS is keeping Rossi out of the limelight…but I think that he will be at least their Reserve Driver…Interesting Days

  • Warham Pendrich

    It’s a shame that Haas didn’t pick him up but like they said, they are looking drivers with lots of F1 experience.

  • Michael Ridenour

    Awesome! Go Rossi!

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