Alexander Rossi drove for Fortec Motorsport last season (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Alexander Rossi drove for Fortec Motorsport last season (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Alexander Rossi will contest a second season in Formula Renault 3.5 with Arden Caterham.

Rossi finished third in the overall standings last season with 156 points and two victories with Fortec and won the Rookie’s Championship.

The American joins Lewis Williamson at the newly formed outfit, whose collaboration was revealed by thecheckeredflag.co.uk in January,  http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2012/01/caterham-poised-for-arden-tie-up/.

The announcement of Rossi’s FR3.5 deal also included the news that he would be Caterham’s official Formula 1 test driver this year – a role that will include some Friday practice appearances throughout the season.

And Rossi, who was the dominant Carlin team’s main adversary in 2011, is looking go one step further in 2012 and push for the title.

The American said: “This year I am entering Formula Renault 3.5 with the experience of having finished third in my rookie season.The goals and objectives for 2012 are simple – I want to win the championship.

“With an entirely new car and new team for 2012, I believe my experience from last season will help us to be fighting quickly for top positions right from the start.

“I am very eager for World Series by Renault testing to begin next week and get down to work, where I'll be running with Arden Caterham in the classic green and yellow colours.  

“This is going to be an incredible year.”

Caterham Team Principal Tony Fernandes was also full of praise for Rossi’s supreme natural talent which, with his new role as test driver, his team intend to nurture.

He said: “Today's announcement marks an important next step for Caterham F1 Team and Alexander's career.

As our official F1 test driver, Alexander is a key figure in our long-term plans and the investment we are making in him now will help him make the most of the natural talent he has at his disposal.

We see 2012 as an important year for Alexander as he will be combining a full calendar in World Series by Renault, a championship he has a very good chance of winning, with his test driver role and giving him the chance to take part in FP1 gives him the platform from which he can grow into an even bigger F1 role.”