First practice outings for Rossi in Canada and USA

First practice outings for Rossi in Canada and USA

The Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that its reserve driver Alexander Rossi will take part in two first practice sessions this season, at the Canadian and US Grands Prix.0853LW1D2823

The American currently races for the Leafield-based outfit’s GP2 team and has suffered a difficult start to his 2014 season. He finished 22nd in the Bahrain feature race after experiencing high tyre degradation, before taking the chequered flag in the sprint race in 25th place after a puncture.

He joined Caterham as a test and reserve driver in 2012 and has retained the role for this year. The 22-year-old has already completed several first practice runs and test days for the team, as well as being heavily involved in their simulator testing work in 2014.

However, his practice outings in Montreal and Austin this season will mark his first taste of this year’s F1 machinery on the track.

Commenting on the announcement, he said: “Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do. 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 runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul added: “Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA. 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.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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