Rossi understands Caterham decision about Friday
13 November 2012 – Alex Rossi is not upset that he will miss out on driving as Formula 1 heads to his home nation in the United States. Over past months, some expected the American to enjoy an outing in Friday practice, but the team is focussing on its race drivers.
As Circuit of the Americas is an entirely new venue on the calendar, Caterham aims to give Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov as much track time as possible. Giedo van der Garde will then take part in the opening session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“Firstly, it's obviously fantastic that COTA is bringing F1 back to the US and, as I'm a real F1 fan at heart, I'm really excited about the race coming to Austin,” Rossi says. “COTA have done an amazing job on the track. It's going to be a great challenge for the drivers and they've also made sure the whole weekend is worth staying for - not just the sessions on-track but the whole event.
“As our team's test driver, I know that the main thing is that Austin is a new circuit and the race drivers need as much time as they can on-track to prepare for qualifying and the race - as a race driver, I'd want exactly the same in their position. For me, the weekend will be a great chance to work with our team's partners and the fans to show them what my world is like.”
Caterham is yet to name any of its drivers for the 2013 campaign, although the latest speculation is linking van der Garde and Charles Pic to the two race seats.