F1 »

Rossi excited about BMW F1 test

BMW-Sauber is to give a test to Rossi at the end of the year, notwithstanding the Bavarian manufacturer's imminent withdrawal from F1 competition at the close of the 2009 campaign – but it might not be the Rossi you are thinking of.

Alexander Rossi is to get a run in one of the Munich and Hinwil-based outfit's 850bhp F1.09 machines at Jerez in southern Spain from 1-3 December as his prize for triumphing in the 2008 Formula BMW World Finals in Mexico City – and he admits that he can barely contain his enthusiasm.

The American teenager is currently competing at the sharp end of proceedings in the Europe-based, junior single-seater International Formula Master Series with ISR Racing, and will next be on-track on the F1 schedule at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix from 28-30 August. In the interim period, the Nevada native reveals, has been preparing himself physically for his big opportunity.

“Formula 1 has been my goal since beginning in karts at age ten,” affirmed 17-year-old Rossi, 2008 Formula BMW Americas Champion. “I work hard at my career each day, but there is still a lot to accomplish as I continue to prove my abilities. I appreciate the guidance that Dr. [Mario] Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director) and the BMW Motorsport staff have added to my career and their continued confidence in me.

“To pilot an F1 car is a responsibility that I've worked toward my whole racing career. Mental and physical training are a big part of my life – my goal is to be prepared, learn as much as possible and do a fantastic job for the team. I will not take this opportunity lightly.

“I have been preparing for the physical demands of the F1 car. I have spoken to BMW F1 driver Robert Kubica about what to expect; he said to prepare my neck for lateral G-loads and my left leg for the brake pedal, which I am told can reach 175 bar of pressure. I've already ramped up the intensity of my training so that I am in peak physical condition for the test. I'll be ready.”

2008 Formula BMW Europe title-winner Esteban Gutierrez – the youngest Mexican driver ever to claim the crown in an international championship, at just 17, and now racing in the F3 Euroseries for ART Grand Prix – is the other driver to join Rossi in the Jerez test.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
BMW Logo, France F1, Magny Cours, 29th June-1st July, 2007
Sauber C36 Ferrari
Sauber C36 Ferrari
Sauber C36 Ferrari
McLaren, 2011 launch, [Credit: Crash PA]
Crash.net 2017 Formula 1 Calendar
Williams, FW40, teaser shot [Credit: Williams Martini Racing]
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher and the 1996 Ferrari F310
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 to be unveiled on Feb 26th
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Antonio Giovinazzi - Ferrari SF15-T
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Sean Bratches
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.