American racing driver Alexander Rossi was previously rumored to be poised for one of the two available seats at newly formed American Formula 1 team Haas F1, however Rossi’s now found himself a seat before the 2016 season, taking over for Roberto Merhi in one of Manor Marussia’s entries.
Rossi, who almost made his F1 debut with Marussia in last year’s USGP, is slated to race the next 5 Formula 1 Grand Prix, with Merhi moving back into his usual position for the final two races of the season. Today he made his first appearance behind the wheel of the Manor, and things didn’t quite go as planned.
Rossi was approaching Singapore’s notorious Turn 18 when he lost the rear end and hit the outside wall, damaging his car’s right side wheel and rear end.
“I braked a bit too late in Turn 18 and it was my mistake. I felt quite comfortable in the car and the pace was OK, so we will improve on that for tomorrow,” Rossi said.
Before the accident, the American driver was just 0.015 seconds off pace of teammate Will Stevens, who has been behind the wheel of the Manor all year.