19 December 2014
F1: Rossi pushing forward 'harder than ever'
Alexander Rossi says he pushing forward “harder than ever” with his plans for next season
Alexander Rossi says he is pushing forward “harder than ever” with his plans for next season and is looking forward to confirming them in the “near future”.
Rossi began the year as Caterham's reserve driver, before subsequently switching to Marussia after Tony Fernandes sold the team in the summer.
The American looked to be the verge of making his F1 debut several times in 2014 - most obviously in Belgium, when he looked set to replace Max Chilton, only for the decision to be reversed less than 24 hours later.
Despite the disappointment of not having taken in his first grand prix though, he reckons the year has still been an “invaluable chapter” in his racing career.
“As reported in the media, I was called up to race five times in 2014, yet it just never seemed to come together for a variety of different reasons. Although I was obviously disappointed not to be racing, the fact that I was confirmed multiple times was proof to myself and to the entire industry that I was truly ready for a race seat,” he said.
“So I guess you could say that the road travelled thus far has certainly been a twisty one, but pride comes to mind when I think of what I've experienced in Europe and the relationships that have been built within the F1 community.”
“As an F1 official reserve and test driver for the past three seasons, I've been able to play an important and integral role with both the Caterham and Marussia F1 Teams,” he added.
“Both were new to F1 in 2010, fighting for their position and place in the World Championship. F1 is not easy and has become increasingly complex and difficult for teams to make progress up the grid. For reasons that are public knowledge it's been a very tough year for both Caterham and Marussia; however, the passion, racing spirit, and desire that they've both shown to remain in F1 has been an inspiration to not only myself, but many up and down pit lane.
“We [myself and my management] are pushing forward now harder than ever, and I look forward to sharing my 2015 plans with you in the near future.”
Meanwhile, Rossi added that he believes the USA will open up more and more to F1 in 2015 and especially 2016, hinting perhaps at a possible role with the burgeoning Haas F1 Team.
“Aside from my personal pursuit and ambitions to race in F1, I've been very vocal and motivated over the years regarding what I feel is my responsibility to bring the United States closer to F1,” he continued.
“The State of Texas, City of Austin and Circuit of the Americas have done an amazing job promoting the USGP over the past few years. Last month they again showed their commitment to provide a world-class venue and event, as they strive to prove that F1 is very important to America.
"Clearly, it would be of great benefit if I were to be in a race seat and/or there is an American team on the grid and with that I believe wholeheartedly that the time is right for America to shine in the sport. There is a lot more work to do in order to establish F1 as a household topic in the States, but with the effective activation of commercial partners coupled with Haas joining the F1 grid and my continual efforts to be in a race seat, 2016 could shape up to be a very good year for F1 in America.”
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