And now for Rossi, hell have the chance to pay back Alonso for Alonsos own welcoming of him when he arrived for his first Grand Prix start, at Singapore in 2015 with Manor.
Rossi singled out Alonso and Sebastian Vettel as the two drivers who made a point of helping his transition to a race seat for his first race start.
Its limited with other drivers; we dont spend time together in F1, Rossi told NBC Sports. But Alonso and Sebastian came up to me at Singapore for my debut to offer their words of wisdom. He was the one guy I had more contact with than the others.
I was visiting him yesterday at the shop, as were walking through our Indy preparations, Rossi said. Hes one of the best drivers in the world.
Its on us Ryan and Marco mainly to help give him the insight they gave me because theyre two of the best at that track. I was always in the best possible position as a rookie, and now hes in the same position.
What is different is how we race on the track, Alonso said Saturday during an interview before the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Americas First. (In Formula One,) we dont see our teammate in the first corner after the start different than any other driver. We consider him as an opponent. When we are on the track in Formula One, there is no help for each other. Here, if anyone needs anything in the last 10 laps of the race and you have no options to win the race, you try to help your teammate win it. Thats something that is very good.
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