Rossi joins Marussia as reserve driver
24 July 2014 – Alexander Rossi has joined Marussia as its reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season.
The 22-year-old American has spent the past two and a half seasons carrying out a similar role for Caterham. He was handed a total of four practice outings, whilst also competing for its sister outfit in feeder category GP2.
He lost his position at Caterham ahead of the German Grand Prix, after the arrival of new team owners.
"I'm looking forward to working with the team in Hungary and building for the rest of the season," said Rossi. "The timing of my affiliation with the team is perfect, especially beginning in Hungary before the summer break.
"My goal is Formula 1, and I'm delighted to be immersed into the team as Official Reserve Driver, where I have the opportunity to prepare for this next step, with plans to drive in Free Practice 1 this season."
"We are very pleased to welcome Alexander to the Marussia F1 Team in the role of Official Reserve Driver," said Team Principal John Booth. "He is a proven talent whom we have observed in GP2 and we have also been impressed by his performances during Friday morning free practice sessions over the past two seasons.
"The US is an exciting market for the sport and Alexander has a great deal of support there, so it is nice to develop new links to that audience. Alexander will be an integral part of the team, immersing himself in our engineering activity so that he is fully prepared should he be required to deputise for one of the race drivers."
Rossi secured a one-off deal with Campos for the Hockenheim GP2 round. He is not racing this weekend.