Alexander Rossi says he is excited about the prospect of driving an F1 car on home soil ahead of his practice run with Caterham next weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

The youngster will be making his third appearance in a Friday session when he gets behind the wheel in FP1, having previously appeared on track this season in Canada.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Rossi said it was a major step in his career as he works towards joining the F1 grid and said he was focused on doing a strong job for the team as it seeks to try and get ahead of Marussia in the standings.

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"I very much look forward to the US Grand Prix week starting," he said. "This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own friends, family, supporters and fans. It means a lot to me that the team is giving me this opportunity, while trusting me with the responsibility and I want thank everyone who's helped make this possible.

"I've already driven COTA several times, including in a classic Grand Prix car, so I know the layout well, but driving a current-season F1 car is a bit different altogether and on Grand Prix weekend it's a very important responsibility. With the amount of F1 testing I've already done over the last few years, I'm fully prepared to do the best job for the team in FP1.

"As it's an official practice session it's important that I help the team as much as possible to set the car up right for the rest of the weekend, while, for me, this is another chance to use the session to continue to learn, develop and progress towards the next step up to being the next full-time F1 race driver."