Nevada City native Alexander Rossi made an impressive start to his GP2 campaign with Caterham Racing, finishing the Bahrain GP2 feature race in third-place, and scoring 15 points to move into seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
“Today was a great result for my GP2 series debut and Caterham Racing,” Rossi said. “I could not have asked for more than a podium and now we can build on that for the remainder of the season.”
In Saturday’s race, Rossi got off to a good start and held off some stiff competition at the end.
“I grabbed two places on the first lap, running fifth up to the pit stop,” Rossi said. “The guys did a great job and I rejoined the track third on the road, balancing not to push too hard while looking after the tires to the end of the race. Nasr was closing fast behind me at the end, but I had enough to hold him off and keep him behind me.”
Caterham Racing team manager Phill Spencer said he was pleased with Rossi’s race and the points that came with it.
“I am absolutely delighted with today’s result.” Spencer said. “These are the first points for the team this season and we are very pleased to have Alexander back in the car. Third place in his first race is a great boost for everyone in the team.”
In Sunday’s GP2 sprint race in Bahrain, Rossi had a good start from the third row of the grid following his podium in the Saturday feature race, but it was three abreast into the first corner and a tap to the rear turned him around forcing oncoming traffic to make contact with his front wing.
He made it back to the pits where a new nose was fitted and the suspension was checked. Rejoining the race in last place he put in some stunning lap times, catching and overtaking two cars at the back of the pack and finishing 20th.