It looks like Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi won’t get behind the wheel for the Leafield-based team until at least the Canadian Grand Prix in June.
The American had been set to participate in “plus or minus ten” free practice outings in the team’s CT03 challenger this year, but the recent reshuffling in the team’s reserve driver ranks – which saw Heikki Kovalainen return to the fold – has delayed the 21-year-old’s maiden appearance in the car.
Rossi had been due to have his first FP1 outing for the team at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Kovalainen’s late call-up delayed his driving duties has changed the team’s focus as it seeks to develop the underperforming car.
A sweetener to the reshuffle is that Rossi secured a full-time drive in Caterham’s GP2 Series team, promptly claiming an impressive podium finish in his debut race at Sakhir, putting him seventh overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings, despite missing the opening round in Malaysia.
“Beyond that I’ll be doing at least one more, and possibly others, but it’s hard to say exactly what will happen because in F1 you never know for certain until you’re in the car. Whatever happens, the more time you can spend in an F1 car the better.”
Rossie added that he is hoping for “at least one more” FP1 outing over the course of the 2013 season, with the most logical being his home event at the Circuit of the Americas in November.