Alexander Rossi was left disappointed but not disheartened following his final Formula 1 race of the 2015 season in Brazil on Sunday.
Rossi became the first American driver in over seven years to start a grand prix when he joined Manor in Singapore, signing a five-race deal that would allow him to maintain his GP2 commitments with Racing Engineering.
Having matched the team’s best result of the year in the United States Grand Prix by finishing 12th and beaten teammate Will Stevens 4-0 in his first four races, Rossi arrived in Brazil hopeful of completing a clean sweep on intra-team victories.
However, the American was passed by Stevens on lap 33 and failed to regain the position, eventually finishing the race ten seconds behind his teammate.
“Wow, that was a tough race,” Rossi said. “My first stint wasn’t so bad, but in the second and third stints the balance was terrible and I was losing so much time with understeer.
“Will getting past was inevitable and I was pretty resigned to that fact. It’s a shame, because the early part of the weekend was stronger for me. I would have liked my final F1 round of 2015 to have a better outcome, but I look back at the five races I’ve had since Japan and I’m pretty happy overall.
“It’s been a totally positive experience and I know I’ve given it everything I’ve got. So now we wait and see what the future brings, but I want to thank the team for this incredible opportunity to show what I can do and I hope I’ve done that.”
Rossi will now return to GP2 for the last two races of the year in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, with the latter resulting in Roberto Merhi’s return to the Manor seat.
You will be able to hear more about Alexander’s weekend in his next NBC Sports blog on Wednesday.