For the first time since July of 2007, an American driver will take to the grid for a race in the Formula One World Championship. That man will be 22-year-old Alexander Rossi, a Californian widely touted as the next great hope for American F1 fans following his steady climb through the open-wheel ranks.

Rossi will be taking the seat of Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton, who has been subbed out "while contractual issues are resolved," according to the team's statement on

"It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to race in Formula 1 for the first time," Rossi said, according to "I cannot thank the Marussia F1 Team enough for the faith they are demonstrating in me."

At this point, Rossi will fill in at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, only, with Marussia team principal John Booth saying the American's race debut wasn't originally in the cards.

"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," Booth said.

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      Congrats Alexander! 

      • 1 Year Ago

      3 rookies in the same race? This weekend will be nice!

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      while it is a big thing to have your first drive in F1 especially Spa, too bad the  car and team is total crap.  Eau Rouge for a rookie let alone 3 is a recipe for disaster

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        •  'too bad the  car and team is total crap' .. you have to start somewhere..

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      He's driving for a backmarker team.  He won't see much success.

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      Not anymore it would seem. Chilton is back in the seat. He pays his way in and comes last in almost every race, why bother? He should pay his way into a lower tier where he has a chance at even getting on the podium... who would pay to consistently come last???

      • 1 Year Ago

      Important fact omitted from the article: The last American to win an F1 race was Peter Revson way back in 1973. He died shortly afterwards.

      Justin B.
      • 1 Year Ago

      Despite the fact that the Marussia's are not the best cars on the grid, he still gets the chance to be one of twenty two lucky drivers who will take part in the Belgian GP. Now that is quite an opportunity!

      EDIT: It looks like Max Chilton's money has spoken and already kicked Alexander out of the seat before he got in.
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