American rookie Alexander Rossi will make his Grand Prix race debut this weekend in Belgium after being drafted in as a late replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia.
The team said Chilton, who has raced for the Banbury-based squad since 2013, was being substituted "while contractual issues are resolved".
Rossi, 22, only joined Marussia as test and reserve driver last month having previously served a similar role at Caterham, contesting four Friday practice sessions over the past three seasons.
"It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to race in Formula 1 for the first time," Rossi said. "I cannot thank the Marussia F1 Team enough for the faith they are demonstrating in me.
"It's a very big moment for me and there's a lot to prepare in a short space of time, but on the other hand I have felt ready for this for quite a while now.
Former Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma for 10 weeks following a skiing accident, and doctors now believe it would take a miracle to save him.
Schumacher, a seven-time F1 world champion, suffered traumatic brain injuries after hitting a rock while skiing on Dec 29. The 45-year-old was placed in an artificially induced coma, which typically lasts only two to three weeks.
From the Daily Mail:
Official news about his condition is minimal: but sources close to the family say the prognosis for Schumacher could not be worse.
‘He is in terrible shape but until the family issue a statement we cannot write about it,’ said one senior German journalist. ‘The family have, we are... [Read More]