Caterham test driver Alexander Rossi will get his first run in a free practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend, it has been announced.
Rossi, who will compete in the Renault
World Series this year with the newly-formed Arden Caterham team, will use Heikki Kovalainen's car in FP1. He last drove for the team at the Abu Dhabi young driver test back in November.
“I am looking forward to getting back into the F1 car in Spain and I want to thank the team for the chance to run in FP1 in Barcelona,” said the American. “I have a clear goal for the session - make sure I run to the plan set by the engineers, not make any mistakes and learn as much as I can over the whole weekend.
“I know how much I will be able to take from my time with the team back to my Formula Renault
3.5 commitments and I know the team will do everything they can to help me maximise my performance on Friday.”
Mark Smith, Caterham's technical director, meanwhile has every confidence in the 20-year-old.
“We are all looking forward to giving him the chance to work with us at a full race weekend. He did a good job in Abu Dhabi when we ran him in the young driver test in 2011 and I am sure he will perform well for us on Friday in Spain,” Smith added.