Rossi thrilled after Canada practice run

By on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Caterham F1 Team

Alexander Rossi says it was great to return to a Formula 1 car after taking part in first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Rossi, who is competing for Caterham's eponymous team in GP2, finished in twentieth place in the 90 minute session.

Rossi also took part in practice for last season's Spanish Grand Prix, as well as the young driver test in Abu Dhabi.

"It was great to get back into F1 action and to do so in Canada, at a track I’ve raced and won at in the past in Formula BMW, was a good feeling," the American said.

"We’ve been keeping an eye on the weather forecasts for the last week, so we knew it was going to be wet, but it was still good experience to run on wets, inters and slicks, giving me the chance to try out the full range of tyres that I haven’t driven before in F1."

"After the installation lap I wanted to go straight back out again as, for me, moving up from GP2 grip levels to F1, even though the track was wet to start with, there was still so much more grip than I’m used to that I wanted to get on with it, but the main thing today was working to the plan and that’s exactly what we did."

Rossi will participate in this month's Le Mans 24 Hours for Caterham's LMP2 project but told BBC 5 Live that he is focused on securing a 2014 Formula 1 seat.

"I would be very disappointed if I didn't have a race seat in 2014," he said.

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