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Rossi disappointed, but diplomatic, after Marussia no-go

Aug 22, 2014, 3:04 PM EST

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Alexander Rossi’s situation with Marussia this weekend, where he was scheduled to make his debut before a change back to Max Chilton, is an unfortunate one for the young American.

He still participated in practice one, but that was hardly the session or sessions he hoped to run. Chilton came back in the second session Friday afternoon.

Still Rossi took the high road, in a statement released this afternoon.

Here’s the full text of that statement:

Thank you for your support everyone! Overall I feel it has been a very positive couple of days. Obviously I am disappointed not to be racing this weekend. I’ve spent my whole life and career working towards competing and I’m ready to race in F1. However, today was a very positive step in my role with Marussia F1 Team. I’m now even more ready to step into a race seat when called upon.

My role as the Marussia F1 Team Official Reserve Driver means that I will be asked to step up and also step down at times. I’m confident in myself, my abilities and the responsibility to be fully prepared to do what the team needs from me.

Driving the MR03 in this morning’s Free Practice session was extremely positive, despite the small technical challenges which affected the overall pace. It was great to get a session in the car and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel again very soon!

  1. adam1638 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Shame that money plays a larger role in who gets the seat than talent. Rossi is clearly a better driver than Max. We have all known that money decides seats in the back of the field. But this is just blatant proof of it. Quite unprofessional handling of the situation as well on Marussias part. Rossi deserves better!

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