Alexander Rossi has been announced on the official entry list for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, but Marussia have yet to confirm whether they will run with one or two cars in Russia.
Should he race, he will the tough job of replacing Jules Bianchi this weekend in Russia as the Marussia F1 Team continue to try to come to terms with the Frenchman’s horrific crash last weekend at Suzuka.
Rossi would step into the seat alongside Max Chilton for the race at Sochi, but the American will not have wanted to make his debut in Formula 1 for this reason with Bianchi still in intensive care in Japan.
Team Principal John Booth remains in Japan, deciding to remain with Bianchi and his family in this difficult time for everyone.
23-year-old Rossi almost made his debut for the team back at the Belgian Grand Prix when Chilton suffered financial issues, but missed out when those problems were solved ahead of free practice two on the Friday in Belgium.
Should be debut, he will become the first American to race in Formula 1 since Scott Speed, who raced for Toro Rosso between 2006 and 2007.
The Checkered Flag will continue to bring you any updates regarding Bianchi’s health and the situation at Marussia. We continue to wish Jules well and hope he makes a full and rapid recovery.