For most of Alexander Rossi’s junior career, Formula 1 was all that mattered.
Once the Formula BMW Americas title – and a victory in the end of season World Finals event – were sealed in 2008, Rossi was off via Formula Master to the F1 junior ladder, with absolutely no interest in racing at home.
Yet in 2016 he abruptly abandoned that European dream, secured an IndyCar drive, and then won American single-seater racing’s biggest prize at the first attempt just months into his top-line United States career.
Now he goes into the 2020 season – which begins in St Petersburg next weekend – firmly established as one of IndyCar’s most formidable talents, and aiming to turn the past two years’ title bid near-misses into a championship success.
“I had no interest in becoming an IndyCar driver. It was all Formula 1 and that was all I cared about. Now it’s the polar opposite...."