American F1 Driver Alexander Rossi Will Race For Herbie

Yes, the Love Bug.

Alexander Rossi (that’s him pictured above on the right) has been America’s on again/off again Formula 1 hopeful for what seems like a generation. But once more he has secured a seat in Manor F1 and will be racing this weekend in Shanghai’s night grand prix.

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He will be racing as number 53. Why?

If you weren’t already rooting for Rossi, now you have no excuse. Anyone who gives a shoutout to Herbie gets some love in my book. Seriously, Herbie is even better than you even remember it to be.

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Intriguingly, you might think that an American F1 driver would make a callback to some past famous American racer, but it’s actually Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo who has that covered. He races as number 3, yes, for The Intimidator.

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