Alexander Rossi says he feels fully prepared for his first FP1 run of 2014 ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

Rossi will be driving for Caterham in FP1 in Montreal - provisionally taking over Kamui Kobayashi's car - replicating his run from 12 months ago when he also took part in first practice. However, this weekend marks the first time Rossi will have driven the 2014 car, and he says he has been spending a lot of time in the simulator to prepare himself for the new surroundings.

"FP1 in Montreal will be my first drive of the year in the 2014 F1 car, but after the amount of laps I've done in the sim with CT05 I'm already pretty familiar with how it'll be inside the cockpit!" Rossi said. "Obviously it's not quite the same as actually being out on track, but I have a lot of F1 mileage under my belt with the various FP1s and test days I've completed and having driven in FP1 in Canada last year I know I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session."

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And Rossi was keen to thank the team for allowing him more opportunities in the F1 car, with just eight days of in-season testing available this year and Robin Frijns also getting track time.

"I'm grateful to Caterham for their continual support with my development as an F1 driver, in the F1 car again in Canada this weekend and Austin later this year. The chances for young drivers like me to be in current-season cars on track are very limited, and obviously every lap counts over a race weekend but the fact the team sees that I can add value from the work I do in the car, and they can keep helping me to learn, shows great support and how committed they are to developing young talent.

"Now I'm focused on Friday morning. The weather should hopefully be dry so if that stays true we should have a full session run and be out as the green lights come on - if it rains then so be it, I'll still be focused 100% on the job the team asks me to do."