Bianchi Replacement Alexander Rossi Making F1 Debut
Jules Bianchi is suffering from head injuries after a late race incident at the previous grand prix. The driver drove into a crane far off course. The crane was far off the racing line and tending to an earlier incident.
The news has not yet been announced officially via press by the team, but the 23-year-old Californian’s name is listed on the official FIA entry list for the Russian Grand Prix.
The list was published by the sport’s governing body late on Thursday.
Alexander Rossi almost made his F1 debut back in August. However, contractual issues threatened to sideline Marussia regular Max Chilton ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
The American only joined the Marussia F1 Team as reserve driver in July. This weekend he will drive as the Jules Bianchi replacement driver. This will be his first race despite running several testing sessions for multiple teams.
Before signing with Marussia the driver worked with the struggling Caterham team.
Alexander Rossi Facts
Birthplace: Auburn, California, U.S.A.
Hometown: Nevada City, California, U.S.A
Resides: Milton Keynes, UK
Current Formula One Team: Marussia F1 Team – www.marussiaf1team.com
Current Series: FIA Formula 1 World Championship – www.f1.com
Alexander Rossi Statistics
- 185 Formula Car Starts
- 39 Wins
- 35 Poles
- 68 Podiums (including wins)
- 21.1% Win Percentage (as of July 2014)
Alexander Rossi Racing Resume
2014 Marussia F1 Team Official Reserve Driver
2014 Official Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and GP2 EQ8 Caterham Racing
2013 Official Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and GP2 EQ8 Caterham Racing – Rookie of the Year
2012 World Series by Renault FR3.5 with Arden Caterham & Official Caterham F1 Test Driver
2011 Caterham AirAsia GP2 Series – Testing, Barcelona, Spain, October 2011
2011 World Series by Renault Championship (FR3.5 Series) – Third Overall and Rookie Champion
2011 Caterham AirAsia GP2 Series – Testing, Jerez Spain, September 2011
2010 ART Grand Prix GP3 – 4th Overall Championship
2009 BMW Sauber F1 Testing – F1 Superlicense Qualifications
2009 GP2 Asia / Meritus Racing and Ocean Racing – 9th Overall, 3 Top 5 Finishes
2009 International Formula Master Championship / ISR Racing – 4th Overall and Rookie Champion
2008 Formula BMW World Champion, 1st Place
2008 Formula BMW Americas 1st Champion, 10 wins
2007 Formula BMW Americas 3rd Overall, 3 wins
2006 Skip Barber National Series, 3rd Overall, 4 wins
2006 Skip Barber Western Regional Series, 1st Champion
Alexander Rossi Academics
Alexander Rossi completed high school in 2007 at the age of 16. Having been privately schooled year around throughout his junior racing career, Alexander was able to accelerate his curriculum.
Residing in the UK, Alexander pursues college in North America via the internet, having completed his 4th semester. Alexander’s goals of Formula 1 are clear and unchanged, requiring his full attention. In addition to the highly competitive nature of his sport, Alexander’s interests include; business, economics, fashion and charity.