In a day full of good new for the American fans, it has been announced that Alexander Rossi will remain at Manor this season, although only as a reserve driver.
The American has recently made the move to America to drive in the Indycar championship after losing his race seat with Manor to Indonesian Rio Haryanto. The door was left open for him though and has been retained as their official reserve driver for 2016.
He impressed against former team mate Will Stevens in the latter half of the 2015 season, after his struck a seat sharing deal to replace Spaniard Roberto Merhi.
Returning to Formula One will mean he is the first ever driver to have roles in Indycar and Formula One at the same time.
Talking about the new deal, Rossi 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.
“As Official Reserve Driver though, I have a very complimentary dual program at the highest level of motorsport. IndyCar Series is the premier category of open wheel racing in North America and extremely competitive. I also have the privilege of racing with a championship winning team, Andretti Autosport. I’m confident this experience will add to my role as a very important cog in an F1 team’s wheel. My schedule this year is demanding, but no more than a full time F1 schedule.
“I will attend 11 Grands Prix, only five of which take place during the IndyCar season, and I am certainly used to the travel demands of the F1 calendar. It’s great to be back with a team I know and with whom I share a mutual respect and passion for the sport we love.”