Alexander Rossi will not make his F1 race debut in Spa after Marussia reportedly sorted out its contractual issues with Max Chilton.
Rossi was allowed to participate in FP1 and at least get some mileage in the car before the Englishman took over again for FP2. Rossi finished the session in 20th place, ahead of the Caterhams
“I can’t go into too much detail on the individual instances but we are running an F1 team here,” Marussia chief executive Graeme Lowdon told the BBC. “There are a large number of commercial agreements that are involved and sometimes it just happens we reach a stage where, for contractual reasons, it’s not appropriate for a driver to be in the car and we took that action.
“These things happen. It’s the drivers’ jobs to be flexible. Both Max and Alex are professional drivers who will take this in their stride. This is just a reflection of how the industry has to work sometimes.”