Rossi set for first 2014 F1 car run
2 June 2014 – Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will get to try out the CT05 for the very first time at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
Rossi will run in the opening practice session, the first of two planned F1 appearances for the American, who will also do FP1 at his home track in Austin, Texas in November.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, he thanked Caterham for the opportunity: "I'm grateful to Caterham for their continual support with my development as an F1 driver," confirmed the 22-year-old, who is again racing in GP2 this season with Caterham's sister squad.
"The chances for young drivers like me to be in current-season cars on track are very limited, and obviously every lap counts over a race weekend but the fact the team sees that I can add value from the work I do in the car, and they can keep helping me to learn, shows great support and how committed they are to developing young talent."
"FP1 in Montreal will be my first drive of the year in the 2014 F1 car, but after the amount of laps I've done in the sim with CT05 I'm already pretty familiar with how it'll be inside the cockpit!" he added.
"Obviously it's not quite the same as actually being out on track, but I have a lot of F1 mileage under my belt with the various FP1s and test days I've completed and having driven in FP1 in Canada last year I know I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session.
"Now I'm just focused on Friday morning. The weather should hopefully be dry so if that stays true we should have a full session run and be out as the green lights come on – if it rains then so be it, I'll still be focused 100 per cent on the job."