Americans are the Rodney Dangerfields of the modern Formula One driving ranks; they don't get any respect. We recently reported on 22-year-old Alexander Rossi being tapped by Marussia as a replacement for Brit Max Chilton for this weekend's upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. He would have been the first American driving in an F1 race since Scott Speed in 2007, but less than 24 hours after getting the nod, Rossi has apparently been re-replaced by Chilton.

The whole situation began as Chilton was reportedly suffering "contractual issues" with the team. Rossi signed on with Marussia in July as a reserve driver for the rest of the season. With Chilton out, the American was the natural replacement. Apparently, the problem wasn't that serious, because Marussia put out a statement on Friday saying "following a change in circumstances," Chilton got his job back, according to Reuters.

The switch happened so quickly that Rossi drove the car in the morning practice session for the grand prix, but Chilton replaced him later in the day. The team isn't talking specifics about what precipitated the move. "I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the details of the contractual issues because that is confidential between parties involved," said Marussia team president Graeme Lowdon to Reuters about today's announcement.


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      fordskydog
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love Formula 1. It will live forever. I love the new turbo engine sound. Definitely going to COTA again this year.

      Number23
      • 4 Months Ago

      I wonder how much the currently strained US/Russian relations played a role in this?

      Zeus
      • 4 Months Ago

      "they don't get any respect."

      Right, because Mario Andretti isn't respected, nor is Dan Gurney who is American and also responsible for the only win as a constructor that Porsche ever had. 

      That's not respectable....nope, not one bit. 

      Terry Actill
      • 4 Months Ago

      22? He looks about 12.

      ELG
      • 4 Months Ago

      easy to read between the lines here.


      the american was slow in morning practice,  so Marussia caved to Chilton's demands.

        Autoblogist
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ELG

        Yeah, he was down a whole 1.5secs on Bianchi vs Chilton was only down 1.3secs. Chilton spanked him with his two years F1 experience. 

        fordskydog
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ELG

        Was he slow?

      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 4 Months Ago

      It wasn't about who is American or who has talent.  Max's dad just ponied up a few more dollars.  For the smaller teams it is always about the money.