Chilton reinstated for Marussia at Belgian GP

Aug 23, 8:12 AM

SPA, Belgium - British driver Max Chilton has been reinstated to drive for Marussia at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, just a day after he was replaced by American Alexander Rossi.

Marussia announced on Thursday that Rossi was taking Chilton's seat at Spa because of ongoing contractual problems.

But on Friday morning race stewards accepted a request from Marussia to change its nominated driver back to Chilton.

However, Rossi was set to drive in Friday's first practice session instead of Chilton, who was expected to be back behind the wheel for the second practice session in the afternoon.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/David Gray

Aug 21, 11:37 AM

Rossi to race for Marussia team at Belgian GP

Aug 21, 11:37 AM

SPA, Belgium - American driver Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut for Marussia at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Max Chilton during his contractual problems.

The team says the 22-year-old Rossi will race alongside Jules Bianchi until Chilton's contractual issues are resolved.

Rossi joined Marussia as a reserve driver ahead of last month's Hungarian GP.

Team principal John Booth says ''we are pleased to be providing with him the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut,'' adding that he hopes to ''resume normal service'' with the team's established driver set-up as soon as possible.

Rossi has previous experience of competing in the GP2 and GP3 series.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yves Herman