Rossi pleased with practice outing

By on Friday, June 6, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Alexander Rossi expressed his satisfaction after receiving his first running in Caterham's 2014 Formula 1 car.

Rossi, who tested last year's CT03 on a number of occasions, completed 27 laps in the CT05 during first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Rossi was the slowest of the 22 runners, three-and-a-half-tenths of a second off of regular Caterham racer Marcus Ericsson.

"It was alright I think," he said. "Obviously you always want to go quicker than the other car. I think that for the first foray, 27 laps is alright.

"There were some things that were very much as I expected, and some things that weren't. At the end of the day, I accomplished the number one thing, which was to drive this year's car to get an idea of what it's about."

Rossi also believes that in terms of driving experience, sampling the CT05 was a completely different prospect to last year's machine.

"I wouldn't say that there's anything that's the same, to be honest, other than the fact that it's a green race car with four wheels," he said. "Everything's completely different and the approach that you have to take is completely different as well. It's a fun car to drive to be honest, it takes you back more to the junior formula days because it's not a race car that's just on rails.

"Going into it, it was such an unknown. I was figuring a few things out about the car, which was good. We accomplished what we needed to. In terms of the feel, there were some areas that were expected and with the simulator the correlation is quite good, and in others not so much. Like everything, it's a constant evolution."

Rossi will next experience Caterham's Formula 1 machine in Austin later this season and for now he says his focus is on GP2, in which he has yet to score in 2014.

"I have a lot of work to do in GP2, so starting right now, my mind is going back to GP2 and how we can improve that situation," he asserted.

"Come Austin, I think the car will be very different than what I just drove anyway, so it will be a new kind of experience to adapt to."

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