Rossi ‘confident’ of 2016 Manor drive


Alexander Rossi believes he has a good chance of signing with Manor for next season having edged Will Stevens in the majority of their five races.

The American made his long awaited Formula 1 debut in Singapore this season, finishing one place ahead of Stevens.

That was a trend that would continue in the majority of their races as team-mates except for Brazil where he was one place behind the Brit and America where Stevens retired.

Having also matched Manor's best showing of this season when he finished P12 in Austin, Rossi reckons he's done all he can to secure a 2016 drive.

He told Autosport: "It's always difficult to come in three-quarters of the way through a year.

"But to consistently be in front of the other car, in a lot of different situations, weather conditions and environments, was a very positive thing.

"I always look back and think, 'yeah, that could have gone better', but from the outside looking in, I think I've done a good job and proven I'm more than capable of being in an F1 car and racing at this level.

"As to my chances, I'm confident. As I said, I've done a very good job in the car, pretty much maximised most of the weekends to give myself the best chance."

Formula 1, though, wasn't Rossi's only racing series this season as the 24-year-old also finished runner-up in the GP2 series with Racing Engineering.

He added: "Coupled with the GP2 results I've had this year, I'm in a very strong position for next year.

"I'm in a fortunate position where I'm not just in one championship, in a car that can't compete, I get to go and race something else.

"To have had this 2015 I've had, I would have never expected it at the end of last year, so I'm very happy to have experienced everything I have.

"What that means at the moment, I don't know, because there are a lot of guys going for two seats.

"But I've got a good relationship with the team, and I have had for about a year now. It would be great to put everything together."