Caterham Reserve Driver Alexander Rossi will be on duty in the Caterham CT05 for the first time this year, when he takes part in FP1 on the Friday morning of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
The American driver, who has been part of Caterham’s reserve driver force since 2012, said of the opportunity, “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! 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 that I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session.”
Rossi, who will also be on duty at his home race in Texas later in the year, added, “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. 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,” concluded Rossi.