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Rossi in good position for Manor seat in 2016

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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.

WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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