Alexander Rossi will not be competing in the season finale in Abu Dhabi Nov. 27-29, however he is hoping that the Brazilian Grand Prix will not be his last race competing on the F1 circuit. Rossi made 5 starts as a Formula One driver for Manor, finishing 14th, 18th, 12th, 15th and 19th for a rather unimpressive first season. However, he got the job done, out-performing teammate Will Stevens, and gained a lot of valuable experience which he hopes to build on. In fact, he got through his first season without any major incidents other than a brush with the wall during his debut in Singapore. In the meantime, he will return to driving in GP2 duty for Spanish team Racing Engineering along with British rookie Jordan King.
Racing Engineering was founded in 1999 by Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, and headquartered in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, near Jerez, Spain. The team has won 12 championship in many categories such as Formula 3, World Series and GP2. The French driver Franck Montagny, the Briton Justin Wilson, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, are some of the drivers who entered the highest category in international motor sports after competing with Racing Engineering in Formula 3, World Series or GP2. Even 4-time F1 World Champ Sebastian Vettel raced with Racing Engineering’s Formula 3 team at one time.
“Brazil wasn’t great for me, to be honest,” Rossi told Autoweek. “But if you look at the five races I think I did a good job, and I’m content with how it went. Hopefully we can take that momentum and put it into something for next year.”
Rossi was born September 25, 1991 in Nevada City, California. In 2005, he became a semi-finalist in the Red Bull Formula One American Drivers search with a top 5 finish overall out of over 2,000 nationwide candidates after becoming IKF Grand National Champion in the 100cc Yamaha class. The following year, he was awarded the Skip Barber National Scholarship from Skip Barber Racing School to compete in the 2006 Skip Barber National Championship, where he finished third overall and became the youngest winner in Skip Barber National Championship history, at age 14.
From there, Alexander competed in the Formula BMW USA series in 2007, finishing 3rd overall in the championship, with 3 wins and 5 podiums while driving for Team Apex Racing, USA. In 2008, Rossi become the 1st American Formula BMW Champion in the Americas Championship, with 10 wins out of the 15 races run, and concluded the season as World Champion, winning the 2008 Formula BMW World Final at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City, As a result he was awarded a Formula One test with BMW Sauber F1 Team, along with European champion Esteban Gutiérrez.
Since then, Rossi has competed in the International Formula Master series, GP3 Series, World Series by Renault and GP2 series for a variety of teams. He was also one of three drivers connected to the US F1 team along with José María López and Jonathan Summerton, contracted to be its reserve and test driver before the organization folded. After testing the 2009-spec BMW Sauber F1.09 Formula One car as part of Formula One’s young driver test in Jerez, Rossi earned Rossi his FIA Super License. At present, he is the only American to hold one.