An American Will Not Be Racing In Formula One This Weekend

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Yesterday, Alexander Rossi's name appeared on the official FIA entry list for the Russian Grand Prix as a replacement for the injured Jules Bianchi. But now Marussia has announced they will only run one car this weekend, out of respect for Jules.

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The announcement that they will only run one car isn't that much of a surprise. Marussia had been talking to F1 honcho Bernie Ecclestone to make sure they wouldn't receive a penalty for running just one car, but had to have two entries listed in order to be considered for the race.

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Also, Marussia is not one of the best funded teams on the grid, and the task of adequately preparing a new tub while having enough spares for the weekend was a big ask.

While we're sure Rossi would have done a great job in Jules's absence, only running one car is also a great sign of respect for the injured racer.

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I'm sure that Rossi knew what was up when he was listed on the entry, and it's a very poignant tribute to Bianchi, but jesus christ, Rossi just can't get into a car, can he?