RACING: Rossi struggles at F1 race in Brazil |

RACING: Rossi struggles at F1 race in Brazil

Alexander Rossi, a Nevada City native, concluded his fifth race with the Manor Marussia F1 Team after the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2015 Saturday.

A challenging weekend with balance issues throughout the race meant Rossi just missed out on making it five out of five finishes ahead of his teammate,Will Stevens, however leaves Brazil extremely positive about his performance within the team since his debut in Singapore and very optimistic about the future and 2016.

“Today wasn’t my day, but it’s another strong finish for the team,” Rossi said. “Looking back at the five races I’ve had since Singapore, I’m very happy overall. It’s been a totally positive experience and now I’m ready to finalize my plans for 2016. I want to thank everyone at Manor Marussia F1 Team and my supporters for this incredible opportunity, and I look forward to paying them back with more next year.”

In yet another two-car finish for the team – the 13th of the season – Rossi had to settle for 19th place after struggling with understeer throughout the 71 lap race in Sunday’s Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2015.

Despite the challenges, Rossi was able to manage the tires and bring the car home, concluding an extremely positive five races with the Manor Marussia F1 Team.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the race.

Rossi will now return to Bahrain to compete with his GP2 Series team, Racing Engineering, for the penultimate round of competition before finishing the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi with Racing Engineering Nov. 27.

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