GP2 Star Rossi to Replace Merhi at Manor for Five Races

Alexander Rossi will compete in five of the next seven Formula 1 rounds with Manor Marussia F1 Team, with the current GP2 series star replacing Spaniard, Roberto Merhi.

The Racing Engineering driver will race alongside Will Stevens in Singapore, Japan, the United States, Mexico and Brazil but will not race for the team in either Russia or Abu Dhabi.

I want to thank the management at Manor Marussia F1 Team and my team in the GP2 Series, Racing Engineering, for supporting both my F1 duties and the completion of an already strong GP2 campaign,” said the American driver.

Since Monza, my return to F1 came together rather quickly and seamlessly. The collective support of both Manor and Racing Engineering was instrumental in making this opportunity possible.

I’m very thankful to race for the Manor Marussia F1 Team and for their continued belief in me. I’ve been prepared for this opportunity for quite a while now. Many will know from 2014 that the team and I already have a strong relationship and there’s a bit of unfinished business for me here.

This is a small F1 team that has been through so much. They exemplify passion and true strength of character, and their comeback this season is extraordinary. I’m honoured to be part of this legacy and their continued growth and success.

Rossi will be the first American to race in F1 since Scott Speed back in 2007. The 23-year-old remains second in the GP2 championship behind ART Grand Prix driver Stoffel Vandoorne after he took a phenomenal victory around the historic Monza circuit with three rounds left on the calendar.

Manor Team Principal John 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.

“With that in mind, we are pleased to support his current GP2 commitments while he continues to battle for the championship win, therefore he will race in five of the seven remaining Grands Prix this season, with Roberto contesting Russia and Abu Dhabi for us.

“Signing Alexander is a continuation of our proud record of providing young drivers with the opportunity to showcase their talents. We believe he will do a great job and look forward to seeing him race for the first time this weekend in Singapore.

“It is also fantastic news for the sport that it will have an American driver again, particularly with the United States Grand Prix on our horizon and now two races in South America, in Mexico and Brazil. I know Alexander is very excited about that and we look forward to providing him with the opportunity to show the American public what he can do.

The 2015 Singapore Grand Prix will take place this weekend on September 18-20.