Alexander Rossi’s chances of gaining a seat with the Haas F1 Team have taken a blow after the team’s owner all but rules out the American GP2 racer.
Rossi has long been linked with a seat at Gene Haas’ F1 outfit given that they both hail from California in the United States.
However, Haas has made comments that make abundantly clear that signing a rookie is out of the question.
“One of the drivers will be a Ferrari reserve driver and we’re still looking for an experienced Formula 1 driver, a current driver,” Haas told Autosport.
Rossi is a rookie but has driven FP1 sessions for the Caterham and Marussia F1 Teams.
Haas F1 Team Principal Gunther Steiner commented: “We’re just trying to find the driver who best suits what we are looking for.
“We would like that both have driven F1 car before.
“One we want with real experience, one who has been through a few years in F1.”
GP2 race winner Esteban Gutierrez is a Ferrari reserve driver and is the most likely candidate to snap up one of the seats at the American team.
Former McLaren F1 driver Kevin Magnussen is another front runner for a race seat with Haas.