Caterham F1 Team reserve driver Alexander Rossi will have his first hit-out of the 2014 Formula 1 season at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Californian native is set for at least two FP1 outings this year, with the second to come at his home race at the Circuit of the Americas in November.
He’s also competing for a second full-time season in the feeder GP2 Series championship with Caterham’s team. Despite topping the pre-season testing times, he’s endured a tough start to his campaign and is yet to net a points finish.
“FP1 in Montreal will be my first drive of the year in the 2014 F1 car, but after the amount of laps I’ve done in the sim with CT05 I’m already pretty familiar with how it’ll be inside the cockpit,” he said ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
“Obviously it’s not quite the same as actually being out on track, but I have a lot of F1 mileage under my belt with the various FP1s and test days I’ve completed and having driven in FP1 in Canada last year I know I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session.
“The chances for young drivers like me to be in current-season cars on track are very limited, and obviously every lap counts over a race weekend but the fact the team sees that I can add value from the work I do in the car, and they can keep helping me to learn, shows great support and how committed they are to developing young talent.”
Caterham will certainly be looking to utilise his experience and insights this weekend after a torrid start to their 2014 campaign. The team came oh-so-close to netting its first points finish ever at the previous Grand Prix in Monaco, with Marcus Ericsson finishing just outside the points in eleventh.
More critically, however, was the ninth place earned by chief rivals Marussia, who vaulted to ninth in the Constructors’ Championship standings, leaving Caterham and fellow cellar-dwellers Sauber – who have also had a tough campaign to-date – at the bottom of the points’ standings without a score.
You can read our recent in-depth interview with Alexander at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix by clicking here.
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