He may only have three Formula 1 races under his belt, but Alexander Rossi will arguably be the most experienced driver in the field for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City has been redeveloped to host F1 again, with this weekend’s race marking its first grand prix since 1992.
Although the track has hosted racing in the meantime, with the majority of the current grid spending their junior careers in Europe, very few have ventured to Mexico City before.
However, Rossi has done so, racing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez back in 2008 when he won the Formula BMW World final in Mexico City, beating a field that included current Ferrari reserve Esteban Gutierrez, DTM driver Dani Juncadella and IndyCar’s Gabby Chaves.
After a whirlwind United States Grand Prix weekend that Rossi described in his NBC Sports blog as being “everything I wanted it to be”, the American is now eager to get racing in Mexico with Manor.
“Looking back on last weekend, and the build-up to my home race, gives me a really special feeling,” Rossi said. “It was pretty incredible all round.
“This week though it’s definitely straight back down to business as I want to keep improving with each new event, which has been the case over the past three races so far. It’s great to be back in Mexico City.
“I raced here once before in Formula BMW – and won the race! – so I think I’m the only one of the current crop of F1 drivers to have raced here.
“That said, the track has changed a lot, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and picking up where I left off last week.”
Although the Mexican Grand Prix does mark Rossi’s penultimate start for Manor in 2015, he revealed earlier this week that plans for 2016 were progressing well as he looks to secure a seat with the British team once again.