Alexander Rossi will become first American driver to compete in F1 since 2007 season at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, following replacing Roberto Merhi at Manor F1 team.
Rossi to replace Mehri for five of this season’s remaining seven races, including the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. “I wasn’t expecting 2015 to be a year I was racing in F1,” said Rossi, who has previously participated in practice sessions on race weekends for Manor [Marussia] and former team Caterham.
“The big thing I’ve been missing for about three years in my F1 career is actually racing. I’ve been close quite a few times, and it’s very surreal now that it’s about to happen.”
Merhi will return for the Russian Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi season-finale as Rossi has commitments for the GP2 race series.
Manor F1 team principal John Booth said he was delighted to give the American his chance.
“He is widely regarded as a driver who is on the cusp of an exciting F1 career and his current form in the GP2 Series has done much to reinforce his clear potential,” Booth said.