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Rossi may get Austin FP1 outing

American racing driver Alexander Rossi may be in line to get a second outing at an F1 weekend, with an FP1 appearance at Caterham on the cards for his home event in Austin, Texas.
Caterham Racing may be set to hand a second F1 practice session appearance to their American test driver, Alexander Rossi.

Rossi previously appeared at the 2012 F1 Spanish Grand Prix weekend, and may get a second outing in 2012 with an appearance at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on 16-18 November.

The pit lane rumours were reported by Sky Sports F1, but there has been no official announcement of a decision by the team itself. An outing for an American driver at a United States Grand Prix event would certainly attract a lot of support and media coverage, however.

Rossi has been competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Arden Caterham Motorsport this year, and is a junior member of the AirAsia Caterham Young Driver Development Programme.

The 21-year-old from California has also tested with Caterham in the GP2 Series. After finishing top of the second day of post-season testing at Barcelona earlier his week, he seems to be in pole position for a race seat in the series in 2013.

This week in Abu Dhabi, Caterham handed Vitaly Petrov's car over to their reserve driver Giedo van der garde for FP1 - only for the Dutchman to suffer from electrical problems that the team couldn't fix in time. Van der Garde had only three installation laps on the Yas Marina Circuit before the chequered flag finished the session.

“Obviously that was a pretty frustrating session, but these things sometimes happen,” he said afterwards.

The problem was rectified in time for Petrov to run in FP2 without recurrence of the electrical issues.



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