Michael Andretti keen to see Alexander Rossi back in 2017

Alexander Rossi - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Michael Andretti is eager for Alexander Rossi to continue in the Verizon IndyCar Series for a second season and to turn his back on his Formula 1 ambitions.

Andretti looks likely to keep the link to Bryan Herta Autosport, which this year as Andretti Herta Autosport joined forces to propel Rossi to a surprise Indianapolis 500 victory, and he is sure Rossi would benefit from a second season in the series in 2017.

Rossi has been linked with a move back into Formula 1 after racing five times for the Marussia Manor Racing squad in 2015, but the success at the Indianapolis 500 could see him stay in the United States, at least for another IndyCar season.

“It’s not there yet but we’re working on it,” said Andretti on Autosport. “We want him and he wants to be here. We’re just trying to raise the money to make it happen.

“Unfortunately, we’re not getting the results that we would like, but we will figure it out and turn it around.”

Rossi currently sits eleventh in the standings with just this weekend’s finale at Sonoma Raceway to go, with the whole Andretti Autosport stable having had frustrating moments during the season, with Rossi’s win at Indianapolis the only time the team have won in 2016.