Rossi pleased with 'special' debut race

By on Monday, September 21, 2015
Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Alexander Rossi expressed his satisfaction after making a "successful" Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Rossi currently occupies second place in the GP2 standings but stepped up to a Manor Marussia seat in Singapore in place of Roberto Merhi.

Rossi beat team-mate Will Stevens to 14th position despite losing radio contact with his squad during the race.

"My Formula 1 debut has been a long time coming, but it has been pretty special," said Rossi.

"All the hard work to get here finally paid off and it was a fantastic feeling to be racing on the streets of Singapore in my first ever Grand Prix.

"It wasn’t the most straightforward of races; I didn’t get the best of starts, and as the procedure is quite new to me, it’s something I’ll need to work on. I recovered quite well though and managed to get a good run into Turn 5, where I was able to get past my team-mate.

"Everything was going well until around the midpoint of the race, when I lost radio communications. This was particularly challenging because of the second Safety Car period and I wasn’t able to receive instructions from the team about when to un-lap myself.

"Despite that, I think we managed everything well and I’m very appreciative of all the effort put in by the team to make my Grand Prix debut a successful one."

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