Alexander Rossi felt proud to have completed his first United States Grand Prix and match Manor’s best result of the 2015 Formula 1 season in Austin on Sunday.
Rossi became the first American driver since Scott Speed in 2007 to line up on the grid for his home grand prix on Sunday, and benefitted from a race of attrition to rise through the order.
As more and more cars dropped out towards the end, Rossi looked capable of recording just the second top-ten finish in Manor’s F1 history, rising as high as 11th at one point.
However, a lack of pace late on and relatively clean finish to the race meant that he had to settle for P12 overall, albeit finishing on the lead lap.
Speaking to NBCSN following his first US GP, Rossi made no secret of his pride and delight after a memorable race at the Circuit of The Americas.
“When you see P10 and P11 on pit board, getting towards the end of the race, you want it really bad,” Rossi said.
“But nonetheless a really good result for the team. Shame for Will [Stevens, who retired early]. It’s a very positive end to a great weekend.
“I was fighting with Felipe Nasr for a few laps. It was nice to race a car! I thought we could maybe pull something off. In the end, we were just missing the ultimate pace.
“It’s been an amazing week. So proud to be here. In the end, a great show for the fans on a Sunday. Difficult because of the weather, but positive reception all around, [helps] grow the profile in the States.”