Rossi confident of extending Manor stay

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Alexander Rossi will tackle his home race in the United States this weekend confident that he will be able to extend his Formula 1 stay into 2016.

Rossi made his debut with Manor Marussia in Singapore and returns to Formula 1 having stepped back to GP2 in Russia, a situation he will repeat for the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Manor Marussia will use current-year Mercedes engines and further parts from Williams in 2016 and Rossi is optimistic that he will remain part of the set-up at the Banbury-based team.

"In terms of next year, I’m obviously quite keen to be in a full-time seat next year, which is apparent," he said.

"The position that I’m in with the team at the moment is good and we're looking to put that all together for next year."

Rossi is wary that, despite America pinning its hopes on his progress, his sole battle will be with team-mate Will Stevens.

"With the current situation with the performance difference in the cars I think it’s very clear that the objective just needs to be continuing what we’ve done in the first two," he explained.

"Both of those weekends there was quite a disrupted Friday for the whole team, so I think if we have a strong Friday the Sunday result can be even more positive."

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