Rossi concludes Manor stint with tough race

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Alexander Rossi concluded his 2015 five-race F1 internship with Manor in Brazil on Sunday, finishing down in 18th position after spending most of his afternoon battling with team mate Will Stevens.

Rossi had the upper hand over the British driver in the first half of the race but handling issues affecting his Marussia MR03B prevented the young American from keeping his team mate at bay.

"It was a tough race ! My first stint wasnโ€™t so bad, but in the second and third stints the balance was terrible and I was losing so much time with understeer.

"Will getting past was inevitable and I was pretty resigned to that fact. Itโ€™s a shame, because the early part of the weekend was stronger for me.

"I would have liked my final F1 round of 2015 to have a better outcome, but I look back at the five races Iโ€™ve had since Japan and Iโ€™m pretty happy overall. Itโ€™s been a totally positive experience and I know Iโ€™ve given it everything Iโ€™ve got.

"So now we wait and see what the future brings, but I want to thank the team for this incredible opportunity to show what I can do and I hope Iโ€™ve done that.โ€

Team Principal John Booth was equally complimentary of Rossi's residence with Manor which Roberto Mehri will rejoin for the season's finale in Abu Dhabi.

"For Abu Dhabi we have Roberto back in the car and Alex will be focusing on his GP2 teamโ€™s championship position, but Iโ€™d like to commend him on five very strong races with us and it has been a pleasure to have him around."

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