Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The 4-wheeling Rossi Shines at Manor...

Not to be Cornfuzed' with "The Doctor," aka Valentino Rossi of two wheeled fame, who currently leads the MotoGP championship by single digits with a single round remaining

Nope instead I'm talkin' about Alexander Rossi, America's latest and current Formula 1 driver who's been acquitting himself very well in his limited seat-time of five Grands Prix, having made his F1 debut earlier this season at Singapore.

Yet according to Marshall Pruett of Racer fame, the 24yr old Californian was one phone call away from becoming an IndyCar driver this year instead, with Dale Coyne even going so far as tweeting a picture of Alexander seated in a DCR Dallara DW12-Honda just prior to Christmas.

Yet Rossi's heart a la Conor Daly's has always been endeared with Formula 1 which after all is denoted as the pinnacle 'O motorsport for a reason. And has paid his dues by toiling for years as a Simulator Jockey and reserve driver for the defunct Caterham and Marussia F1 team's along with stints in GP2, the premiere Formula 1 feeder series.

Hence naturally, when he got the chance to compete for Racing Engineering in GP2 this year, he immediately took it, for which has paid off handsomely with now three wins along with currently lying second in the championship behind series winner and McLaren F1 prodigy Stoffel Vandoorne with two weekend's remaining.

Rossi's final Grand Prix (this season) will be Brazil before returning to GP2 for Abu Dhabi's season finale, with Bahrain's penultimate GP2 rounds sprinkled in-between.

As Rossi currently holds second with 169.5-points vs. his closest competitors Rio Haryanto (126) and "S-squared," aka Sergey Sirotkin (121) with 4-rounds remaining. While ironically, Haryanto is also potentially competing for one of the two Manor seats next year.

Yet Rossi's been basking in the glory of being a Formula 1 pilote' instead, with a career best finish of 12th place (to date) appropriately at his Home track Circuit Of The Americas. (COTA) Having finished 14th in Singapore, 18th in Japan and 15th in Mexico.

Meanwhile in the A-L-L important realm of F1, where rule 1 is beating your team-mate, Rossi  vs. the somewhat more experienced Will Stevens leads his team-mate 4-0 in race finishes - with the pair tied two-apiece in Qualie along with being in lock-step over their first four outings together...

Races                  SIN        Jpn        Aus       Mex
ROSSI)            20/14   20/18   18/12   18/15
STEVENS)      19/15   19/19   19/R    19/16