Caterham today announced that their American GP2 Series driver Alexander Rossi will once again take the wheel of their F1 car at the Canadian and United States Grand Prix events during the first free practice session of the weekend. This follows on from him doing it at the same events in 2013.
While Rossi’s main focus in 2014 is the GP2 Series, he is delighted to be confirmed to be driving the F1 car again when the series arrives in North America.
“Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do,” insisted Rossi. “Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1.
“My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I’ve built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive run-plan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”
The Team Principal of the Caterham F1 Team, Cyril Abiteboul was also happy to see the young American back in one of its F1 cars as they continue to help his career.
“Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA,” said Abiteboul. “While his focus this year is firmly on GP2 we are pleased to give him more opportunities to play an active role in the F1 team’s race weekends and to have him help us develop our car at two races that are very important for us, both in terms of our season overall and with the strong support we have commercially in the North American continent.”