Caterham F1 team test and reserve driver Alexander Rossi reckons he is now ready to compete at the pinnacle of the sport.
Rossi took part in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone last week, building on his outing in opening practice for the Canadian Grand Prix last month.
In total he did 69 laps, despite a hydraulic problem at the end of the day, which stopped him from doing a performance run.
“For me this was another piece of the F1 jigsaw, adding more experience in the CT03 car on top of the Canadian GP FP1 last June. The main priority for me was to help the team and I think we've achieved that. It's been a productive day and we're all pleased,” said the American.
“Caterham F1 Team has good trust in me and I'm very thankful for each opportunity for me to deliver for them. The energy amongst me and the team is fantastic. This test has confirmed to me that I know I'm ready for an F1 race seat.”
Rossi's best lap was a 1 minute 35.651 seconds, which left him 28th overall on the combined times
and which compared pretty favourably to Caterham's two race drivers, with Charles Pic less than a tenth quicker.
“We didn't have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that unfortunately meant I was unable to log a performance run,” continued Rossi. “However, the pace on all the test runs was very consistent and good through the whole programme, delivering very good data for the team.
“We were able to complete most of the run plan and for me and the team this was good. I was [also] easily able to determine the pros and cons from the 2012 car. I was comfortable in the car, [with] the controls and [with] the work performed with the engineers.”
Rossi is competing in the GP2 Series, F1's main feeder category this season, and to date has scored 32 points, leaving him 13th overall in the standings. His best result has been a third place finish in the Bahrain feature race back in April.