Alexander Rossi will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend at Spa, replacing Max Chilton at Marussia. Rossi joined the team last month as reserve driver but Chilton has some “contractual issues” that need to be resolved. As a result if all goes well Rossi will become the first US driver to take part in a Grand Prix since Scott Speed departed Scuderia Toro Rosso seven years ago.
“It’s a very big moment for me and there’s a lot to prepare in a short space of time,” the 22-year-old Californian said. “On the other hand I have felt ready for this for quite a while now. It is also exciting to be given this opportunity at such a fantastic and historical circuit as Spa-Francorchamps. I can’t wait to drive the MR03 and I hope to reward the team with a solid race weekend.”
Chilton will return when the contractual issues are resolved.
Rossi has taken part in a number of free practice sessions over the past three years, with the most recent coming at June’s Canadian Grand Prix.