Alexander Rossi Pulls Double Duty in Formula One and IndyCar
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News March 10, 2016
As Formula One driver Alexander Rossi prepares to make his rookie debut in the Verizon IndyCar this weekend he will be doing double duty in both in IndyCar and Formula One.
Rossi still will race in all 16 events for Andretti Autosport, which has a new partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport. The first of those is this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
But the 24-year-old, will also serve as a reserve driver for Manor Racing F1 team, for which he drove for last year. Rossi plans to work with the grand prix team during the 11 events that do not conflict with IndyCar schedule.
“I’ve invested most of my career in F1, and I’m not one to kick my heels and wait for things to happen, so this is my way of staying sharp and prepared,” Rossi said in Manor’s release. “It was disappointing to miss out on a race seat with Manor Racing this year; everyone knows I pushed and worked hard for it.
“As an official reserve driver though, I have a very complimentary dual program at the highest level of motor sport. IndyCar Series is the premier category of open wheel racing in North America and extremely competitive. I also have the privilege of racing with a championship-winning team (in) Andretti Autosport. I’m confident this experience will add to my role as a very important cog in an F1’s team’s wheel.”
This is not the first time Rossi has had a heavy work load. In 2015, while driving for the Manor-Marussia Formula One team, and GP2 Series, Rossi was the only driver competing in two championship series at the same time, without the hint of being overwhelmed.