The Manor Racing Formula One Team have confirmed that Alexander Rossi will return to the outfit in 2016 as their reserve driver.

Rossi will combine his F1 role with his Verizon IndyCar Series commitments as the announcement comes just days before the Californian makes his IndyCar Series debut in the No.98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

Rossi’s first race as reserve driver for Manor will be at the Russian Grand Prix on May 1 before travelling to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to prepare for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 which takes place on May 29. Speaking about his role at Manor Racing, Rossi stated:

I’ve invested most of my career in Formula 1 and I’m not one to kick my heels and wait for things to happen, so this is my way of staying sharp and prepared, It was disappointing to miss out on a race seat with Manor this year; everyone knows I pushed and worked hard for it. As reserve driver though, I have a very complimentary dual programme at the highest level.

The American who attend 11 Grand Prix with Manor Racing went on to say:

IndyCar Series is the premier category of open wheel racing in North America and extremely competitive. I also have the privilege of racing with a championship winning team, Andretti Autosport.

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