Yet another Formula One driver change has been announced for the Belgian Grand Prix 2014 with American Alexander Rossi set to take the seat of Max Chilton at the Marussia F1 team.
According to Chilton’s management company, the British driver volunteered to step out of his seat for this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix to help raise some much needed funds for the team. Apparently Marussia is in the midst of talks with investors and is expected to have the issue resolved by the Italian Grand Prix at the famous Monza circuit.
Either way, 22-year-old Rossi is thrilled to make his Formula One debut. In a press release, he said, “It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to race in Formula One for the first time. I cannot thank the Marussia F1 Team enough for the faith they are demonstrating in me. It’s a very big moment for me and there’s a lot to prepare in a short space of time, but on the other hand I have felt ready for this for quite a while now.
“It is also exciting to be given this opportunity at such a fantastic and historical circuit as Spa-Francorchamps. I can’t wait to drive the MR03 from tomorrow and I hope to reward the team with a solid race weekend,” he said.
Team Principal John Booth revealed that the team hadn’t initially planned to offer Rossi a race seat so soon
“Although it was not our intention to offer Alexander the possibility to race this season, in light of the circumstances we are pleased to be providing him with the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Franchorchamps.
“Naturally we hope to resume normal service with respect to our established race driver line-up as soon as possible, but for now we wish Alexander well for the weekend ahead and we look forward to seeing him in action,” he said.