Poor Alexander Rossi was an official driver for just one day and one session, before the opportunity to drive in the Belgian Grand Prix was taken away from him. The American was due to replace Max Chilton for this weekend’s F1 race, whilst contractual issues were sorted out between Chilton and the team.
The bargaining chip of sitting out the weekend clearly worked, as during first practice it emerged that Chilton would be back in the car for the second session and for the remainder of the weekend.
Team boss Graeme Lowdon, in discussion with the BBC session commentators, said: “There are a large number of commercial agreements that are involved and sometimes it just happens we reach a stage where, for contractual reasons, it’s not appropriate for a driver to be in the car and we took that action. These things happen. It’s the drivers’ jobs to be flexible, both Max and Alex are professional drivers who will take this in their stride. This is just a reflection of how the industry has to work sometimes.”
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