One day after announcing that American Alexander Rossi would make his Formula One Grand Prix debut for Marussia in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix the team has announced that Max Chilton will drive instead after his contractual issues have been resolved with the team.
Rossi did drive the car in FP1 today at Spa-Fracorchamps but Max Chilton took over for FP2. Rossi was 20th fastest in his practice and turned 20 laps. Chilton was 18th fastest and turned 18 laps in his practice. Rossi would have become the first American to race in Formula One since 2007 when Scott Speed competed for Toro Rosso.
The 23-year-old Chilton has competed in all 30 of the F1 Grand Prix races the past two seasons for Marussia and will keep his string of consecutive races in tact. Chilton has a best finish of 13th which he did at both the Australian Grand Prix and the Bahrain Grand Prix this season. Those finishes better his best of 14th in the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix during his rookie season.
The Belgian Grand Prix will be run at 8 a.m. ET Sunday with Chilton also participating in Saturday's third practice and qualifying.
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