Rossi positive after testing new car parts
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18 July 2013 – Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi hailed a "productive day" at the wheel of the team's upgraded CT03 at Silverstone on Wednesday, with the American GP2 driver completing 69 laps – more than a race distance – en route to the tenth fastest time.
Having previously driven the car during first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, Rossi focused on trialling a variety of upgrades throughout the day, parts he believes will help the Leafield-based outfit move closer to the midfield in future races.
"It's was a productive day and I think we're all pleased we've completed such a good number of laps," said Rossi. "Obviously it was another piece of the F1 jigsaw for me, adding more experience of the 2013 car on top of the FP1 session I did in Canada, but my main priority was helping the team continue the push towards the cars ahead.
"After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in the morning and afternoon that will help the team in the coming races."
Rossi was unable to put together a qualifying run late on due to a hydraulics issue, but the 21-year-old played down its effect on the team's opening day program.
"We didn't have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that meant I didn't have a chance to put in a really quick lap, but we were still able to complete most of the plan," he said. "That's good, for the team and for me as it means we have got pretty much everything we could from day one of the test."
Will Stevens, signed to Caterham's academy, is driving for the team on Thursday.