PARIS: American Alexander Rossi was on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) named as Formula One team Manor Racing’s reserve driver while at the same time competing in the IndyCar series.
The Californian-born Rossi lined up for five of the last seven grands prix for the team in 2015, with Manor choosing Indonesia’s Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein as their drivers for this year. Rossi will be the first driver in motor sports history to race at the IndyCar series while performing a role at F1.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone of Alex’s caliber in the role of official reserve driver,” Dave Ryan, Manor racing director, said. “The fact that he’s racing full time in the IndyCar Series this year was simply a challenge to be overcome; something we’re pretty good at.”
Rossi, 24, said: “I’ve invested most of my career in F1 and I’m not one to kick my heels and wait for things to happen, so this is my way of staying sharp and prepared.”
“It was disappointing to miss out on a race seat with Manor Racing this year; everyone knows I pushed and worked hard for it,” he added.
The new season starts in Melbourne on March 20.