Chilton to race in Belgium after all; Rossi denied F1 debut

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Max Chilton will take part in this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix after all, having sorted his contractual problems with Marussia, thus denying Alexander Rossi a chance to make his grand prix debut at Spa-Francorchamps.

The American driver was supposed to deputize for Chilton this weekend after the team announced yesterday that the Briton had been benched until his “contractual issues had been resolved”.

However, Marussia has now performed a u-turn, meaning that Chilton will return to the car for the second free practice session later today before completing the rest of the race weekend.

Rossi was due to become the first American F1 driver to take part in a race since Scott Speed back in 2007. However, he will now have to wait a bit longer before finally ending this drought.

The team confirmed yesterday evening that Rossi would be replacing Chilton for the weekend, only for the Briton to send out his own statement saying that he had “volunteered” to give up his seat and allow the team to raise funds by selling it.

However, the team submitted a formal request to the stewards in Spa to change back to Chilton. This was accepted, and the Briton will now take part in the rest of the race weekend.

As a result, Rossi will only complete the running that he was due to in the first place, taking part in free practice one.