Rossi, Ma named Caterham reserve drivers
1 March 2013 – Alexander Rossi and Ma Qing Hua have been announced as Caterham's reserve drivers for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, backing up Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. The Leafield-based outfit, which preparing to enter its fourth term in the sport, will hand both men free practice outings throughout the course of the season.
Rossi, who made his first appearance for Caterham at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Young Driver gathering, held the role of test driver with the team last season and was given a sole free practice run during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. In 2013, the 21-year-old American will combine his expected GP2 Series duties with 'a number of' free practice outings.
"2013 will be my third season with the Caterham family and I've built solid relationships within the whole team," said Rossi. "My goal for the Friday practice sessions that I will drive this season is to fulfill the team's runplan, work closely with everyone and learn as much as possible, always being ready for the next opportunity."
Meanwhile, Ma has been given the chance to take part in the opening free practice session at his home Grand Prix in China next month. The 25-year-old, who was a member of HRT's driver programme before the Spanish team was forced to close its doors at the end of 2012, will also contest the upcoming GP2 campaign with feeder squad Caterham Racing.
"I am very excited about joining the Caterham family," Ma explained. "Both teams have everything they need to keep growing in the right direction and I am looking forward to playing an important role in helping them achieve what they've set out to do this year.
"I know the fans at home will be really excited to see me race in GP2 and with the Formula 1 work I also have ahead of me, China can be proud that it continues to have a driver involved in motor racing at the very highest level."