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.
FP2 for the Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 9:30am ET on Friday.