Caterham test driver Alexander Rossi is to carry out his planned Friday testing programme in Canada next weekend despite a clash with the test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rossi had been due to drive the Caterham CT03 in Bahrain earlier this year before inking a deal to race in GP2, with the return of Heikki Kovalainen to the Caterham family also meaning his first run in the car was put back.

Confirmation followed that Rossi would run in opening practice in Montreal, although he then signed a deal to drive for the Greaves Motorsport team in the Le Mans 24 Hours next month.

The test day for the French classic also takes place next weekend, but Rossi said he was prepared to carry out both roles and would fly back to Europe after carrying out his F1 commitments.

"I leave Montreal on Friday evening, straight after FP2 and head back to Europe for the first Le Mans sessions," he said. "That's another boxed ticked on my list of things for my CV. It's great to be taking part in one of the great races with a team that's already been successful in endurance racing, and to help a bunch of Caterham guys I already know well.

"Like F1, my aim in the first few days with the Le Mans team will be to learn as much I can and build up to the performance, adding value where it counts. It's a huge honour to be able to take part and it's something I'll remember for ever, but first my main priority is F1."

Rossi added that he was looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an F1 car for the first time since his run in the 2012 car in Abu Dhabi last year and was keen to do his bit to aid the team with the ongoing development of the CT03.

"Returning to F1 action is obviously another important step in the plan I've worked over a decade for and I take all the opportunities I get very seriously," he said. "This will be my first outing in the CT03 and on the 2013 Pirelli tyres in F1 and it's good that my 2013 F1 debut is on North American soil, in front of a crowd who are seriously passionate about F1 and really know what our sport is all about. I've raced and won in Montreal back in Formula BMW and I enjoy the circuit a lot - it will be a special feeling to play an active role in the race weekend with the team.

"Even though FP1 sessions always seem to be over in the blink of an eye, it'll be good to play an important part in the team's work on track. I was last in an F1 car in the CT02 2012 car in Abu Dhabi, last November for the young driver test so I'm looking forward to see how far the car has progressed since then. This year for the F1 team I've done aero testing, simulation work and I drove at the team's filming day, so this will be a good session for me to use what I learnt about the car in the sim and the aero tests as a comparison to help the team progress this weekend. It will be all about working to the run plan for the session and helping the team set the car up for the race drivers for the rest of the weekend."


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