Rossi hails 'great day' with Caterham
8 November 2012 – Alex Rossi was more than happy with how these went as Young Driver testing came to a conclusion in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Posting a best effort of 1:46.485 on his 75th tour, the American managed a total of 86 laps but was forced to finish early.
In the press, Caterham made headlines as Cyril Abiteboul was confirmed as the new Team Principal. On-track, Rossi was hard at work around Yas Marina.
“The plan today was mostly focused on running through setup options. With such limited time on Fridays at a Grand Prix, this was a chance for us to work through a whole range of different setups.”
A technical issue meant that Rossi’s running was cut short.
“It's obviously not ideal, but when I boxed after my 14th run there was oil on the garage floor so the engineers had to call the session over,” he explained. “That meant I didn't have the chance to do any performance runs; if I did, I’m sure my lap times would have been close to the race drivers, but issues like that are just one of those things. They'll take a proper look at what caused the problem.”
Hailing from California, Rossi turned 21 in late September.