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2015-10-23 08:57

US DRIVER DEBUT: Alexander Rossi speaks to team mechanics ahead of the 2015 US Grand Prix. Image: AP / Mark Baker

Austin, Texas - Alexander Rossi  will become the first American F1 driver to race on home soil in eight years when he lines up for Manor Marussia at the 2015 US Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Californian took part in practice with the Caterham team in 2013, but is relishing his chance to play a full role in this year's event at the Circuit of the Americas.

He said: "This is my fourth year here and in each of the four years I've talked about what a great facility this is, what a great venue this is and how proud I am to be an American.

'Can't wait to get started'

"Now, to finally have a chance to drive here - and it has been a long road for me - I just can't wait to get started."

Rossi added that he believes he has a "very good" chance of retaining his Manor seat full-time next year when they hope to move into the midfield group, having secured a supply of Mercedes engines.

Rossi was signed by the back of the grid outfit for five of this year's final seven races.

Rossi said: "There are a lot of other drivers for this seat. At this time of the year, there always are but there are limited seats around. I think my chances are very good, I'm happy here and I want to stay."

Rossi had been linked with the new Haas team, but that did not lead to a seat as the American newcomers signed Frenchman Romain Grosjean to lead them into their debut season.

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