Rossi still pushing for Manor seat in 2016

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US driver Alexander Rossi says that he's still hopeful of securing a race seat in 2016, obviously with Manor as the minnow outfit is the only team left on the grid with available drives.

Rossi drove in five Grand Prix with Manor in the later part of the 2015 season, acquitting himself quite well relative to the British team's regular driver Will Stevens.

While Mercedes have ramped up its efforts to get protégé Pascal Wehrlein to make his Grand Prix debut this season with Manor, the second seat appears very disputed between Rossi, Stevens and Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto.

"Talks are every day," Rossi told Sky Sports. "I think the deadline is really when cars roll in Barcelona in a couple of weeks.

"Things sometimes get pushed out in this sport and it is something I am used to and hopefully it doesn't go on to much longer. Things are looking positive and hopefully we get it done very soon."

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