Rossi thrilled by career-high home finish

By on Monday, October 26, 2015
Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Alexander Rossi hailed an 'incredibly exciting' United States Grand Prix as he claimed a career-high 12th place finish at his home race.

Rossi survived contact at the first corner and moved up the order as several rivals retired, at one point leaving Rossi to believe that a point was possible.

"It’s been a truly amazing week and to finish in 12th place is incredibly exciting for me and the team," he said.

"I’m so proud to race well here in front of my home crowd and to equal the team’s best performance of the season in only my third Grand Prix.

"The race did get off to a tricky start, which was a shame. There was a Williams driver in the mix, who had picked up some damage, and avoiding him put Will [Stevens] and me on the same piece of racetrack.

"Unfortunately we hit and I’m sorry for Will that the resulting damage ended his race. As for the positives, I had a good battle with [Felipe] Nasr for quite a few laps and then with the rate of attrition we were seeing, I think everyone perhaps started to feel that we were getting in touch with a points-scoring position.

"In the end, it wasn’t to be, but that doesn’t detract from what has been a fantastic day for me and I’m now looking to carry that momentum forward to Mexico, where we race in just a week’s time."

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