Rossi one of many redundancies at Caterham

Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi

Californian driver Alexander Rossi one of many departures from Caterham this week, as the team’s new owners begin reorganising the team in the aftermath of buying it from founder Tony Fernandes

Rossi was a test and occasional FP1 driver for the team, which has been taken over by new investors and is now headed by Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers.

Kolles warned immediately that the Leafield based team’s 300-strong workforce could be shrunk by a third, “Sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions.”

Indeed, it is believed many staff members were told on Monday and Tuesday that they are redundant. Another departure, it became clear on Wednesday, is Rossi, who also drove for Caterham’s GP2 team but will now not be in action this weekend at Hockenheim.

“Now it’s time to move on,” a statement on his Facebook page read on Wednesday. “My goal is to be in Formula 1 and add value to the sport and I’m very optimistic about my next steps; we have a great opportunity to grow the sport in the States and I believe that the timing is perfect.”

For the moment, it is believed that Caterham’s race drivers – Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson are safe – at least for the forthcoming Hockenheim-Hungary double header.

But Kolles indicated there could be more changes coming, “The last driver I sacked out of Formula 1 was Christijan Albers, and he’s my team principal. This should give you a taste of how I deal with people.” (GMM)