Alexander Rossi

KekeTheKing

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Amazing drive from Rossi in the 500. Really happy for him, but I will always maintain he should have never even had the chance to be in Indy this month. Haas should have signed him without a doubt.
 

RasputinLives

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Congrats to Rossi on his Indy500 win.

How odd it must feel to him that he's spent his entire career trying to break into the top flight in European single seated racing , and then he stumbles into racing over the Atlantic almost by accident and wins the big one at first time of asking!

In Feb he was still hopeful of being in a Manor at the rear of the F1 field.
 

RasputinLives

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Rossi was in Austria doing stuff with the Manor team. I do wonder if he'll get a race this year at somepoint.

When was the last time someone won the Indy 500 and raced in F1 in the sane year?
 
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cider_and_toast

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I would guess it would have been Graham Hill. A number of drivers have competed in Indy racing and F1 in the same year but not many have actually won Indy.
 

RasputinLives

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I'm going to look it up but I've just had a memory that Mario Andretti stood in at Ferrari when a driver past away(can't remember who). Might have been same year he won Indy.
 

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82 Italian GP I think he stood in for Pironi after his huge shunt. I think Andretti put the car on pole and his team mate Patrick Tambay went on to win. Not sure if Mario won Indy in 82 though.
 

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Further to my last, Mario won Indy in 69. He made a handful of appearances for Lotus in the same season so that would have been later than Hill who won Indy in 66.
 

RasputinLives

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You are correct. The Indy 500 winner in 82 was Gavin Johncock(I've not heard of him either). So I think you are right in Graham Hill. He might actually be the only one if you Don't count when it was an F1 race (which most people Don't).

Anyways my prediction is Rossi will make it 2 in the US Grand Prix.
 

Titch

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Do you think that Rossi driving in a Manor, might be a death knell on any serious hope of getting back into top flight F1 ?
 

Incubus

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. So I think you are right in Graham Hill. He might actually be the only one if you Don't count when it was an F1 race (which most people Don't).

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Blasphemy! The Indy 500 was never an "F1 race", even when it counted for the WDC. The cars taking part in the event pre-1960 were just as different to the technical specs regulating F1 cars back then as they are today.
 
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RasputinLives

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How did he get on in the race?:whistle:
I guess you are a firm believer in the phrase 'a man is only as good as his last result'.

As Wherlain's rep is sky high due to his points in the Manor (so was Rossi's after his short spell last year) I'm not sure how getting to drive for Manor again would be a death knoll on his hopes of Rossi getting into F1.
 
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