Alexander Rossi Turned Down Drive With Manor For Rest Of 2016 Season

Sun, Aug 7, 2016 1,679

Although Alexander Rossi still has to make a decision about where he will race in 2017, he has made it perfectly clear that his focus for 2016 is solely on IndyCar.

Rossi revealed to Autosport that Manor Racing offered him a race seat for the remainder of 2016 season, but he turned it down due to conflicts with the IndyCar schedule.

“My management and I are in constant communications with Manor and we knew there might be an opportunity to race for the last half of the 2016 season,” Rossi told Autosport.

Manor driver Rio Haryanto’s funding only secured his seat until the British Grand Prix and — as part of Rossi’s contract as reserve driver — the team was required to offer his seat to Rossi first.

“I have a lot of respect for Manor giving us first right on the seat as we agreed,” Rossi said, via Autosport.

Rossi hopes to return to F1, provided it is the best option for his career in the long-term.

“I’ve invested most of my career in F1 and I would love to continue but as I’ve said all year, an F1 deal must be right,” he told Autosport.

According to Grand Prix Times, Rossi is currently in talks with Manor, as well as one other unnamed F1 team, for a race seat in 2017.

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