American Alexander Rossi has been signed as Caterham F1 Team’s test driver, it has been announced today.
The Californian is the first American F1 driver in the sport since 2007, and a US driver’s return to the sport couldn’t have been better timed with Austin’s first race on the calendar later this November at Circuit of the Americas.
Photos of Alex’s F1 rookie test last November in Abu Dhabi with the team are posted here on F1 in America’s Facebook page.
In addition to testing for Caterham, Alex will continue to race in the World Series by Renault with the Arden Caterham team, and said “I am very eager for World Series by Renault testing to begin next week and to get down to work, where I’ll be running with Arden Caterham in the classic green and yellow colors. The 2011 season was good, but now I have that experience under my belt and I’m determined to fight for the championship throughout the 2012 season.”
Caterham F1 Team principal Tony Fernandes commented that “We see 2012 as an important year for Alexander as he will be combining a full calendar in World Series by Renault, a championship he has a very good chance of winning, with his Test Driver role and giving him the chance to take part in FP1 gives him the platform from which he can grow into an even bigger F1 role.”