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Formula One 2016

Alexander Rossi thrown Formula One lifeline as Manor bring him in from the cold as reserve driver

American named as Manor Racing’s reserve driver while at the same time competing in the IndyCar series

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 1:03pm

American Alexander Rossi was on Wednesday named as Formula One team Manor Racing’s reserve driver while at the same time competing in the IndyCar series.

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
Alexander Rossi

The Californian-born Rossi lined up for five of the last seven grands prix for the team in 2015, with Manor choosing Indonesia’s Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein as their drivers for this year.

Manor racing director said: “We’re very fortunate to have someone of Alex’s calibre in the role of official reserve driver.

READ MORE: Rio Haryanto becomes Indonesia’s first Formula One driver as he signs on with British outfit Manor

“The fact that he’s racing full time in the IndyCar Series this year was simply a challenge to be overcome; something we’re pretty good at.”

Rossi, 24, said: “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.

READ MORE: Spurned Alexander Rossi says he lost out on Manor F1 seat to Indonesian money

“It was disappointing to miss out on a race seat with Manor Racing this year; everyone knows I pushed and worked hard for it.”

The new season starts in Melbourne on March 20.