Rossi to participate in opening practice at home event

By on Friday, November 8, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will participate in the opening practice session for the team at the United States Grand Prix next week.

Rossi, 22, will replace regular driver Giedo van der Garde for the first 90 minute session at the Circuit of the Americas.

"This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own friends, family, supporters and fans." he said.

"It means a lot to me that the team is giving me this opportunity, while trusting me with the responsibility and I want thank everyone who’s helped make this possible."

Rossi finished in ninth place in this season's GP2 championship and picked up his maiden victory at the Yas Marina Circuit last weekend.

The American also drove for Caterham in the opening practice session in Spain last season and in Canada earlier in 2013.

"I’ve already driven COTA several times, including in a classic Grand Prix car, so I know the layout well, but driving a current-season F1 car is a bit different altogether and on Grand Prix weekend it’s a very important responsibility."

Rossi will become the first American driver to tackle the circuit at a Grand Prix weekend.

"With the amount of F1 testing I’ve already done over the last few years, I’m fully prepared to do the best job for the team in FP1. As it’s an official practice session it’s important that I help the team as much as possible to set the car up right for the rest of the weekend, while, for me, this is another chance to use the session to continue to learn, develop and progress towards the next step up to being the next full-time F1 race driver."

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