Alexander Rossi believes that he is in a good position to remain with Manor Marussia Formula 1 Team in 2016 and keep his full-time seat in the sport.
Rossi become the first American driver to race in F1 since 2007 at last month’s Singapore Grand Prix, and will this weekend fly the flag in front of his home fans at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Rossi revealed in his NBC Sports blog earlier this week that plans were in the works to race for the team in 2016, and he elaborated on this during Thursday’s FIA press conference at the Circuit of The Americas.
“In terms of next year, I’m obviously quite keen to be in a full-time seat next year, which is apparent,” he said.
“The position that I’m in with the team at the moment is good and we’re looking to put that all together for next year.”
Rossi spoke of the reaction that he has met after ending America’s long driver drought, and made no secret of his pride ahead of his home race weekend.
“I think, first of all, that the reaction has been very positive, which is what we wanted to see,” Rossi said. “Of course there is pride that goes along with it, but that started in Singapore and Japan as well.
“Obviously to be here at home means a big deal, but at the same time we have a job to do and very clear objectives to meet. I’m looking forward to it; there are a lot of friends and family that will be coming this weekend.
“But I think once you get in the car and on track you appreciate the fact that there is a bigger picture.”
Rossi’s is set to quite literally carry the star-spangled banner this weekend, it would appear, with F1 pit reporter Jennie Gow tweeting an image of the Manor’s updated endplate design for the US GP.