Rossi began the Grand Prix of Portland from the entrance row, and though he and Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Palou and Scott Dixon had been amongst these despatched to the again of the pack for lacking the Flip 1/2 chicane on the opening lap, he saved tempo with them and pressurised Palou in the course of the last two restarts.
The 2018 championship runner-up eventually crossed the line within 1.5s of winner Palou and comfortably forward of Dixon to attain his first podium of the season.
“The tempo of the automotive was good all weekend,” stated Rossi.
“I feel we gave it all the pieces we might there on that final stint, and the crimson tyres [softer-compound Firestones] had a window of time the place they had been slightly bit higher, after which it was simply powerful with soiled air, and Alex did not make a mistake.
“It is at all times going to be laborious to simply go and drive across the polesitter, however in the end it was an excellent day for the crew. Good in pit lane, nice calls.”
Requested about Ganassi testing at Portland, and Andretti not doing so, Rossi stated the impact had been exacerbated by the format of the race weekend.
“I feel when you’ve gotten a two-day occasion for actually no purpose and also you solely have one apply session and solely an hour and a half between apply and qualifying, it makes it laborious for the fellows that did not check right here,” he stated.
“For us to get two vehicles within the Quick Six [Colton Herta was the other], we had been actually proud of that.
“Hopefully the benefit form of comes again to us in Laguna [where both Andretti and Ganassi have tested] and we are able to have slightly little bit of higher hand popping out of the field there.
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda have a good time on the rostrum
Photograph by: Phillip Abbott / Motorsport Images
“However in the end I feel the crew has been doing an excellent job as of late, and we have simply received to maintain pushing ahead.
“We got here out of the summer season break with some options and recognized some points, and that is been a Positive and form of carried ahead.
“We’ll do all the pieces we are able to [in the last two races]. We have got nothing to lose in these final two, so we’ll attempt our greatest to take some factors away from these guys and see what we are able to get.”
Rossi, who dropped his right-side wheels within the grime whereas half a second behind Palou within the closing phases, stated he doesn’t in the end suppose that made a distinction to the end result of the Portland GP.
“It was just a few soiled air, and we had some understeer in that nook particularly,” he defined.
“From there we misplaced eight-tenths and form of got here again at it, however in the end except the man in entrance of you makes a mistake… We had been even on Push-to-Move and utilizing it on the identical time.
“That is simply the way in which it goes. We had been making an attempt all the pieces to place him beneath strain and see if we might get him to lock up his fronts, however in the end he is the championship chief for a purpose and drove an awesome race, and you’ve got simply received to just accept second generally.”
Rossi stated that, like Palou, he didn’t perceive the penalty from Lap 1 when he was shuffled to the again by Race management, saying he was “upset” when knowledgeable over the radio.
“However yeah, all of it labored out ultimately,” he stated. “The blokes that began 1-2-3 completed 1-2-3, so you may’t complain about it an excessive amount of.”