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B/R Exclusive: Alexander Rossi Talks About His First F1 Race and Plans for 2016

One month ago in Singapore, 24-year-old Alexander Rossi fulfilled his lifelong dream of racing in a Formula One grand prix. The California native finished an impressive 14th in his debut, ahead of his more experienced Manor team-mate, Will Stevens. This Sunday in Austin, Texas, Rossi will become the first American F1 driver to start his home race since Scott Speed at the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis.  But all of it—part of a five-race deal with the Manor team—almost never happened. "I think after what was a very challenging three or four months in 2014, at the end of the year, it was the first time where I considered going a different route," says Rossi over the phone from New York, where he stopped for a media blit...

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