When Haas announced they wouldn’t be signing an American driver for 2016, Alexander Rossi’s chances of an F1 seat looked dashed. However, Manor have just announced that the 23-year-old will join the team for five of the remaining seven rounds of 2015, starting with this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
“Singapore is a circuit I really enjoy and the timing of my debut could not be more perfect,” said Rossi. “There’s a lot of work ahead and I’m looking forward to a busy end to the 2015 season.”
Don’t worry Will Stevens fans, it’s Roberto Merhi who is stepping down to reserve driver, not long after the Spaniard quit racing in the Renault World Series to focus more on Formula One. Ouch.
It’s not all bad news for Merhi though who will still race at the Russian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix due to clashes with Rossi’s GP2 Series campaign. Rossi currently lies second in the championship behind Stoffel Vandoorne.