Two weeks after parting company with the Caterham F1 and GP2 Series teams, Alexander Rossi has joined the Marussia F1 Team as their official reserve driver. He will be understudy to Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.
The 22-year-old begins his role this weekend in Hungary, and having driven in some free practice sessions for Caterham in the past two seasons, might be in line for more Friday morning outings with Marussia this season.
“Today is a good day and next step in my Formula 1 career,” said Rossi. “Since my initial discussions with the Marussia F1 Team management, I’ve felt right at home. I’m looking forward to working with the Team in Hungary and building for the rest of the season. The timing of my affiliation with the Team is perfect, especially beginning in Hungary before the summer break. My goal is Formula 1, and I’m delighted to be immersed into the Team as Official Reserve Driver, where I have the opportunity to prepare for this next step, with plans to drive in Free Practice 1 this season.
“Marussia is in an exciting place right now and the progress at the team is clear for all to see. I’m thrilled that now I have the chance to be part of that journey, to progress and play a useful role in the development of the Team. I want to thank Marussia F1 Team for the opportunity this season.”
Team Principal John Booth is delighted to have come to an agreement with Rossi to take up the Reserve Driver role. Booth has been impressed with the young American’s performances in the past couple of years, and believes Caterham’s loss is certainly Marussia’s gain.
“We are very pleased to welcome Alexander to the Marussia F1 Team in the role of Official Reserve Driver,” said Booth. “He is a proven talent whom we have observed in GP2 and we have also been impressed by his performances during Friday morning free practice sessions over the past two seasons.
“The US is an exciting market for the sport and Alexander has a great deal of support there, so it is nice to develop new links to that audience. Alexander will be an integral part of the Team, immersing himself in our engineering activity so that he is fully prepared should he ever be required to deputise for one of the race drivers.”