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Singapore GP: Rookie Rossi to make F1 debut

2015-09-17 08:00

STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: Alexander Rossi will make his F1 debut at the 2015 Singapore GP. Image: Alexanderrossi.com

Singapore - American Alexander Rossi will make his Formula 1 debut when he races for Manor in Singapore this weekend (September 19-20), the team announced on Wednesday (September 16).

The 23-year-old, who will team up alongside Will Stevens, has been a test driver for Manor since September, 2014.

Four more races lined up

After Singapore, Rossi will line-up in four other races for the team in 2015 -Japan, United States, Mexico and Brazil.

In Russia and the season-closing race in Abu Dhabi, Roberto Merhi will return, leaving Rossi to concentrate on GP2 where he is lying second in the championship to Belgium's Stoffel Vandoorne.

Rossi becomes the first driver from the United States to compete in F1 since Torro Rosso's Scott Speed in 2007.

Read: 2015 Singapore GP by the numbers

Rossi appeared to be set for a drive at the 2015 Belgian GP, taking part in practice only to miss out on the race itself.

Haas back in 2016

Manor team principal John Booth predicted a bright future for their new recruit, who is targeting a possible drive for Haas, the American team due to make its F1 debut in 2016.

Booth said: "We are delighted to sign Alexander as race driver. 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."


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