Rossi replaces Chilton for Belgian GP

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Hungarian Grand Prix - Preparation Day - Budapest, Hungary

Marussia F1 Team

Alexander Rossi will make his Formula 1 debut for Marussia this weekend after replacing Max Chilton at the team.

Rossi joined Marussia as reserve driver at the Hungarian Grand Prix but he will step up to a race seat while Marussia resolves 'contractual issues' with Chilton.

"It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to race in Formula 1 for the first time and I cannot thank Marussia enough for the faith they are demonstrating in me," he said.

"It’s a very big moment for me and there’s a lot to prepare in a short space of time, but 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 from tomorrow and I hope to reward the team with a solid race weekend."

Team principal John Booth added that they hope to have Chilton back in the car soon.

"Although it was not our intention to offer Alexander the possibility to race this season, in light of the circumstances we are pleased to be providing him with the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Franchorchamps," he said.

"Naturally we hope to resume normal service with respect to our established race driver line-up as soon as possible, but for now we wish Alexander well for the weekend ahead and we look forward to seeing him in action."

Rossi will become the first American driver to start a Formula 1 race since Scott Speed at the European Grand Prix in 2007.

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