Alex Rossi will compete on home soil at this weekends United States Grand Prix, becoming the first American since Scott Speed drove for Toro Rosso at Indianapolis some 8 years ago, and the first ever American to race on a purpose-built Formula One circuit in the United States. Rossi is currently competing in F1's feeder series GP2, and since 2012, has held reserve driver roles at the now defunct Caterham outfit and now drives for the Manor Marussia team after making his Grand Prix debut at the Singapore Grand Prix. The American made a solid impact on his debut, bringing the car home in a respectable 14th position, ahead of his more experienced teammate Will Stevens in the sister machine. Since that debut race, Rossi has shown impressive maturity and strong race pace during his time in the car over Grand Prix weekends. Dovetailing his F1 commitments alongside the GP2 series where he currently sits second in the standings, Rossi is scheduled to drive the remaining races of the F1 season as he stakes his claim to a full time drive with the Sheffield outfit next year. On driving in front of the partisan American crowd, Rossi told CNN.com, "I'm going to be the very first American F1 driver to race at the purpose built circuit in Austin, there's a lot of pride that goes along with that." With Manor already having agreed a deal to run Mercedes engines for next season, Rossi is keen to solidify his chances of a drive with the team for 2016. Many in the paddock and media are tipping Manor to make great strides in 2016 and this has not been lost on many of the drivers still searching for a seat for the upcoming season. With talent of the likes of Kevin Magnussen, Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne all looking for opportunities and current Manor incumbent Will Stevens and Roberto Mehri already known quantities, Rossi will have to continue pushing hard to secure his name on a contract before the teams head out to Australia for the opening round of 2016 in March. Rossi told Sky Sports News HQ, "There are a lot of other drivers [in the frame], there always is at this time of year. There are a lot of people who want to get into Formula 1, but there are limited seats, but my chances are very good and we're working very hard to finalise something soon. "The relationship I have with Manor started at the end of last year [as reserve driver] and it's carried over to this year. It's a very positive environment, I'm happy to be here and I'm looking to stay." How do you think Rossi has fared this season? Does he deserve his place amongst the Grand Prix elite or should he move over and give another young talent the chance to shine? Leave your comments below!