IndyCar
04 Jun
-
06 Jun
Next event in
6 days
R
Road America
10 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
42 days
R
16 Jul
-
18 Jul
Next event in
48 days
R
Mid-Ohio
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
70 days
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
84 days
R
Gateway
28 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
91 days
R
Portland
11 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
105 days
R
Laguna Seca
18 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
112 days
R
Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2
03 Oct
-
03 Oct
Next event in
127 days
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Practice 1 in
148 days

“No merit” in rumors of Alexander Rossi at Toro Rosso

shares
comments
“No merit” in rumors of Alexander Rossi at Toro Rosso
By:
Oct 8, 2017, 9:24 PM

Despite speculation that 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi may race for Toro Rosso in this month's U.S. Grand Prix – or could even switch back to Formula 1 in 2018 – an official spokesperson for Rossi says neither will happen.

Alexander Rossi, Curb Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Alexander Rossi, Curb Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda, Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda, Carlos Munoz, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Alexander Rossi, Curb Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
 Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

With Carlos Sainz switching from Toro Rosso to Renault from the next F1 race, and Pierre Gasly possibly fulfilling his commitment to Honda in the Super Formula championship battle, there were rumors that Rossi might be drafted into the team for the US GP at Circuit of The Americas.

Intrigue was heightened by Toro Rosso admitting that it had been premature in announcing that Gasly would partner the returning Kvyat at Austin.

Although Toro Rosso is currently Renault-powered, it will switch to Honda next year, and in deference to its future engine partners, Red Bull may have to allow Gasly to compete in the Super Formula finale in Suzuka, as he lies just half a point behind the leader, Toyota-powered Hiroaki Ishiura.

However, a spokesperson for Rossi made it clear that he would not be available for the event which runs from October 20-22 in Austin, TX.

“I heard a rumor about it,” she said, “but I think it was just speculation that turned into a ‘Why not?’ discussion among people who’d like to see it happen. The thing is, there is no merit to it. Alex is out of the country for a few weeks.”

Rossi made five F1 starts for the now-defunct Manor Marussia team in 2015, the same year he finished second in the GP2 [now Formula 2] championship.

The 26-year-old from Nevada City, CA, then switched to IndyCar with Andretti-Herta Autosport, won the 2016 Indy 500, and this year took seventh in the championship, scoring a pole and victory at Watkins Glen.

In late August, he signed a multi-year contract to remain with the team – although his contracts are known to contain a special clause allowing him to accept any F1 offers. That being the case, as one of Honda’s favorite sons, Rossi was seen as a possible driver for Toro Rosso next year.

However, the spokesperson scotched that suggestion, too.

“Nope, no truth in that, either!” she said. “Alex is committed to IndyCar and committed to getting Andretti Autosport-Honda back to the front of the grid.”

Rossi is believed to be in Europe filming a reality TV show.

Next article
Andretti, Brown hint at further IndyCar involvement by McLaren

Previous article

Andretti, Brown hint at further IndyCar involvement by McLaren

Next article

Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Puterbaugh dies aged 81

Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Puterbaugh dies aged 81
Load comments