Rossi Pleased After First Test

Alexander Rossi testing the Arden Caterham FR3.5 - Photo: Renaul Sport Media
Alexander Rossi testing the Arden Caterham FR3.5 - Photo: Renaul Sport Media

Alexander Rossi declared himself pleased with the first two days of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Paul Ricard.

The Arden Caterham driver finished the opening day fourth fastest, however with technical problems restricting him in day two he could only muster the 12th quickest time.

Nevertheless with the initial sessions focusing on shaking down the new card for 2012, the American believes the speed of the car, along with his relationship within his new team, can only get stronger.

He said: “On day one we were near the top of the time sheets most of the day, as I had a lot of confidence with the team and getting the most out of the car.

“The car was good, but we still had some work to do and unfortunately, on day two, we could not capitalize on our set up programs due to technical problems throughout the day.

“Overall the test was very good as we needed to get a good shakedown on the car, and that’s what testing is for.

“I get along very well with everyone at the team and the passion to win is throughout each person at Arden Caterham.

I’m confident that we will sort out any technical issues during the winter tests and we’ll achieve what we’ve set out to do.”

Arden Caterham Sporting Director Julian Rouse was similarly pleased with the opening two days of testing in Paul Ricard and paid tribute to the the impact of his new charge.

Rouse said: “There have been a lot of positives to take out of the event.

“Alexander has integrated really well with the team and produced a fantastic performance in day one where he was near the top of the time sheets in both morning and afternoon sessions, with feedback that he was feeling very comfortable in the car. 

“We have had to work through a few technical issues on day two, which have compromised us on the time sheets at performance critical stages of the day.

“After only two days, my opinion is that Alexander is one of the most professional drivers I have worked with and gives me a lot of confidence that we can hit the ground running at the next event and continue our preparation in challenging for the Championship.”