The American driver is balancing his reserve driver duties with a full GP2 campaign, and after completing a large amount of work in the simulator, he will finally step into the CT05 car at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday.
“FP1 in Montreal will be my first drive of the year in the 2014 F1 car, but after the amount of laps I’ve done in the sim with CT05 I’m already pretty familiar with how it’ll be inside the cockpit,” Rossi explained.
“Obviously it’s not quite the same as actually being out on track, but I have a lot of F1 mileage under my belt with the various FP1s and test days I’ve completed and having driven in FP1 in Canada last year I know I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session.”
Rossi ran in FP1 in Canada last year, but the session was far from representative due to the wet conditions. He did get another chance at the Circuit of the Americas in November, and put in an impressive display.
“I’m grateful to Caterham for their continual support with my development as an F1 driver, in the F1 car again in Canada this weekend and Austin later this year,” he said. “The chances for young drivers like me to be in current-season cars on track are very limited, and obviously every lap counts over a race weekend but the fact the team sees that I can add value from the work I do in the car, and they can keep helping me to learn, shows great support and how committed they are to developing young talent.
“Now I’m focused on Friday morning. The weather should hopefully be dry so if that stays true we should have a full session run and be out as the green lights come on – if it rains then so be it, I’ll still be focused 100% on the job the team asks me to do.”
Rossi will undoubtedly be in the running for a seat with Gene Haas’ American F1 team, which is set to debut in 2016. Therefore, sessions such as the one on Friday are very important.
Richland F1 will be speaking to Alexander on Thursday ahead of his practice run-out, so be sure to check back for the full interview later this week.
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