Caterham F1 Team has signed American Alexander Rossi to be its 2012 test driver. In his F1 role, he will be taking part in FP1 sessions in 2012, helping him to gain further experience and cementing his relationship with the team.
Rossi will also be competing for a second year in the Renault World Series, racing for the newly-formed Arden Caterham team.
“As our Official F1 Test Driver, Alexander is a key figure in our long-term plans and the investment we are making in him now will help him make the most of the natural talent he has at his disposal,” said Tony Fernandes. “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.”
Rossi is delighted.
“I have not been in a car since the F1 rookie test in Abu Dhabi last November, but have been on the simulator,” he says. “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.”