Rossi focused on GP2 performances in bid for 2016 F1 seat


Alexander Rossi remains focused on his performances in the GP2 Series in 2015 as he bids to secure a seat on next season’s Formula 1 grid.

Rossi came close to making his full F1 debut last year with Marussia F1 Team, but failed to get a start before the team’s collapse in the wake of the Russian Grand Prix.

The American driver returned to GP2 for 2015 with Racing Engineering, and has already scored more points this season than in his previous two campaigns combined to rank third in the drivers’ standings.

The arrival of Haas F1 Team on the grid for the 2016 F1 season has led to Rossi being tipped to fill one of its two seats.

However, the 23-year-old is simply focusing on his own performances in a bid to secure whatever opportunity may come his way.

“My goal has always been to drive in F1,” Rossi said. “It hasn’t been a dream with a specific team, it has been to get on the race grid and to prove myself that I deserve to be in the championship.

“Obviously any opportunity that comes my way that allows me that opportunity is one that I’ll welcome with open arms.”

Rossi has spoken with Haas about a possible role with the team in the past, but confirmed that there has been no contact of late, nor does he expect the American team to make a decision until the latter stages of the season.

“Nothing’s changed,” he said. “Haas, as most F1 teams are concerned, they look at their driver line-up towards the end of the year, so we’re not quite there yet.

“I’m trying to do what I can in GP2 for the second half of the season.”

Should Rossi secure a full-time role in F1 in the future, he would become the first American driver to make a race start since Scott Speed back in 2007.