Caterham has confirmed that Alexander Rossi will drive for the team in FP1 for the Canadian and United States Grand Prix.
Rossi is Caterham's reserve driver and vying for FP1 outings with test and reserve driver Robin Frijns. Having yet to drive the 2014 car, Rossi will get his first opportunity in Montreal in early June, while he will also be in the car at his home grand prix in Austin as he was in 2013. Rossi said he has a lot of time on the simulator but is looking forward to getting to know the car on track.
“Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do,” Rossi said. “Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1.
“My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I've built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”
Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said Caterham does not want to overly distract Rossi from his GP2 season, but says time in the F1 car is important for him to progress.
“Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA,” Abiteboul said. “While his focus this year is firmly on GP2 we are pleased to give him more opportunities to play an active role in the F1 team's race weekends and to have him help us develop our car at two races that are very important for us, both in terms of our season overall and with the strong support we have commercially in the North American continent.”