Alexander Rossi puts in strong performance in GP2 at Monza

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American GP2 driver Alexander Rossi has sent out another message to any Formula One teams considering him for a race seat in the near future by putting in a strong performance in today’s GP2 sprint race at Monza.

Rossi had started on pole position for the race on Sunday by virtue of the reverse grid whereby the top eight finishers in the feature race on Saturday switch positions (P1 to P8, P2 to P7 and so on). However, a poor getaway saw the American driver drop down to fourth off the start, and he held that position for the majority of the race. Conditions were difficult thanks to light rain, but Rossi managed to move up to second after Sam Bird and Julian Leal made a mistake, releasing the American for a final push to catch leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Despite setting some very quick lap times, Rossi simply could not catch the Briton, eventually losing out by just under two seconds come the checkered flag. On the podium, he made his frustration clear after making such a poor start, but the result acts as further proof that Rossi could be on the cusp of becoming the first American Formula One driver since Scott Speed back in 2007.

Besides his GP2 commitments, Rossi also works for Caterham as their reserve driver. He ran in free practice for the team at the Canadian Grand Prix back in June, and he is expected to once again deputize for either Charles Pic or Giedo van der Garde later on this season.

You can read NBC’s interview with Rossi from earlier in the season here.