Nevada County driver Alexander Rossi renewed his GP2 challenge with Caterham Racing after finishing the 2013 season as the best rookie.
Rossi will start the new season as a serious championship contender. He will combine his GP2 commitments with another year as a reserve driver for Caterham F1 Team at all non-GP2 race weekends, continuing his development towards an ultimate race drive in Formula One.
“In GP2, we want to be competing for race wins and titles from the first race,” said Cyril Abiteboul, team principal and CEO of Caterham F1 Team. “Alexander showed last year that he’s ready to make a push for the championship, and we’re continuing his F1 development in 2014 by combining his GP2 commitments with another year as an F1 team reserve driver. I firmly believe he has the talent to achieve the ambitious targets we are setting him, and I’m excited about seeing him fulfill his potential in GP2 this year. We are excited about adding more to Caterham Racing’s already-crowded trophy cabinet and use that as a benchmark for the F1 team.”
Rossi expressed his pleasure to continue with Caterham Racing and his fervor for a championship.
“I am pleased to be back with EQ8 Caterham Racing for 2014 fighting for a GP2 Championship,” he said. “My 2013 program had some changes, which meant I missed the preseason tests and a couple of the early GP2 races; however, throughout the season, the team and I made some big progress, and by Abu Dhabi, we were definitely one of the cars to beat. This continued in the postseason tests, and I’m quite confident about the pace in 2014.”
Sitting on the precipice of reaching his goal of being an F1 driver, Rossi outlined his responsibilities for the upcoming season.
“As a returning Caterham F1 Team reserve driver, my duties will continue with F1 outings, simulator driver and on-track reserve for non-GP2 weekends. This is the perfect development for my future F1 race drive as I play an important role in assisting the team develop its 2014 car, something that will be particularly important this year with the current technical changes.
“I have to thank everyone involved at Caterham and Team Rossi for making this happen. We have a fantastic chance to win the GP2 title in 2014, while the F1 team achieves its goals of moving forward. This is an important era for all of us, as the sport enters a new generation. What a great way to start 2014.”
For more information on Rossi and his racing career visit http://alexanderrossi.com.