Just hours after announcing Alexander Rossi would replace Max Chilton for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Marussia has performed a dramatic U-turn and reinstated Chilton (pictured above) for the remainder of the weekend after Rossi drove in FP1.

The Briton was originally sidelined from participation due to unspecified ‘contractual issues’, with the Chilton camp originally claiming that he vacated his seat so the team could raise further funds.

It would seem that the funding issue would be resolved in the form of a rather large cheque from the Chilton family, which proved enough of an incentive to ensure Rossi would not take part in anything more than the opening practice session.

The news is undoubtedly tough on Rossi, but the entire saga – aside from being embarrassing for the team and Chilton – certainly calls into question its financial health as the sport continues to sit on its hands when it comes to implementing real cost-cutting measures that will assist the smaller outfits.

The team is surrounded by rumours that it will be sold to an American consortium.

Image via Sutton Images

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Richard Bailey

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