Rossi’s push for 2016 F1 seat “moving in the right direction”

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American driver Alexander Rossi believes that his push for a full-time Formula 1 drive in 2016 is “moving in the right direction”.

Rossi became the first American driver in eight years to take part in a grand prix after joining Manor on a five-race deal that started last month in Singapore.

Since then, Rossi has enjoyed two impressive outings, and is now preparing to race in front of his home fans at next weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Rossi is yet to firm up any plans for 2016, but revealed in an interview with the Circuit of The Americas that his push for an F1 seat is going well.

“It’s important that I’m racing full-time in F1 for 2016,” Rossi said. “This is well underway and moving in the right direction.

“For the next few weeks my focus is doing a great job for the Manor Marussia F1 Team and Racing Engineering [in GP2] as both championships come to a close.

“I have complete faith in the team around me and our efforts leading into 2016, but through November I’m laser focused on the tasks at hand.”

Following Austin, Rossi will also race in Mexico and Brazil before returning to GP2 for the final two races of the year in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, giving him a busy run of five events across just six weekends.

You can keep track of all of Alexander’s racing via his weekly blog for NBC Sports, the latest of which you can read here.