The continuity of Rio Haryanto is in the air and still the pilot of Manor is working intensively to find a solution in time to contest the Belgian Grand Prix and the remainder of the season.
In spite of that Manor has insisted publicly that his intention is to fix things and keep Haryanto as a pilot owner, Alexander Rossi has acknowledged in statements to Autosport he was offered a seat holder for the second half of the season, but rejected it for having a contract in force with the team Andretti Autosport IndyCar.
The american driver, who last season ran five Big Prizes by substituting for Roberto Merhi, has made his debut in the IndyCar series with his surprising victory in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis.
“My representatives and I are in constant communication with
Manor and we knew we had a chance to run for the last
half of the season 2016. we take into consideration very
carefully, but disclaim the seat due to my contract
IndyCar. I have a lot of respect for Manor, which gave us priority over
the seat as we agreed. I’m really good with
Manor and there are no bad feelings”.
however, Alexander Rossi does not rule out return to Formula 1 and says it has offers to compete, both in the united States as in Formula 1 and not only Manor has been interested in his services.
“I have options, both to IndyCar to Formula 1 in 2017. Is having discussions with Manor for a post-holder and we have also been contacted by another team in F1 that is quite interesting. There are options in IndyCar, I can’t comment, but I can say that Andretti and I have a great working relationship. Around the world in Andretti is working in good faith to extend our agreements for several years. There is a sense of loyalty to Michael (Andretti), his team, and Honda. As a pilot, opportunities are really good here and the competition is fantastic”.
The pleasant experience that is living in the IndyCar allows Rossi to have peace of mind to be able to choose with calm your next step and don’t think to put at risk his career for the dream of the Formula 1.
“When I didn’t get a seat full-time for 2016,
this created a ‘And’ in my way and now I can not take that risk
new. I have spent the greater part of my career in (get to) the F1
and I would love to continue, but as I’ve said throughout the year,
the agreement in the F1 must be right”