Alexander Rossi has joined the Marussia F1 Team as its official reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The 22-year-old American recently quit fellow backmarker outfit Caterham, with whom he had been performing a similar role for the past two-and-a-half years, in addition to racing in its GP2 Series team.
Following the sale of Caterham to a Swiss-Middle Eastern consortium, Rossi left the team ahead of last weekend’s German Grand Prix and landed himself a one-race deal with Campos Racing’s GP2 team.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team in Hungary and building for the rest of the season. The timing of my affiliation with the team is perfect,” a clearly delighted Rossi said of his call-up.
“My goal is Formula 1, and I’m delighted to be immersed into the team as Official Reserve Driver, where I have the opportunity to prepare for this next step, with plans to drive in Free Practice 1 this season.”
“He is a proven talent whom we have observed in GP2 and we have also been impressed by his performances during Friday morning free practice sessions over the past two seasons,” Marussia team principal John Booth added.
“The US is an exciting market for the sport and Alexander has a great deal of support there, so it is nice to develop new links to that audience. Alexander will be an integral part of the team, immersing himself in our engineering activity so that he is fully prepared should he be required to deputise for one of the race drivers.”