Alexander Rossi’s first run in a Formula 1 car in 13 months came to an early end as he crashed out in first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Rossi will become the first American to race in a grand prix since Scott Speed in 2007 this weekend after agreeing a five-race deal with Manor. He will replace Spain’s Roberto Merhi.
Having not driven an F1 car since practice for the Belgian Grand Prix in August 2014, Rossi enjoyed an impressive first run in the Manor as he lapped just 0.015 seconds off teammate Will Stevens.
However, with five minutes remaining in FP1, the American crashed out at the tight turn 18 after losing the backend of his car.
Despite walking away unharmed, the same could not be said of Rossi’s car as the front-right tire sustained a great amount of damage, leaving Manor with a hasty repair job to get him out for second practice.
The team confirmed on Twitter that Rossi had been taken to the medical centre for a routine check-up as per standard procedure.
Thank you for your kind good wishes for @AlexanderRossi. He is fine; the medical centre visit was brief & standard procedure.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto