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Lotus confirm Rossi for Abu Dhabi young driver test 03 Nov 2011

Alexander Rossi (USA), Team Lotus Driver Development. Team Lotus Street Demonstration, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2 April 2011. Alexander Rossi (USA), Team Lotus Driver Development, demonstrates a Team Lotus show car on the streets of Putrajaya. Team Lotus Street Demonstration, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2 April 2011.

American driver Alexander Rossi is set for a busy end to his 2011 season. Not only will he compete for Caterham Team AirAsia in the GP2 Finale at next weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he will then take part in the subsequent Formula One young driver test for the team’s F1 counterparts, Lotus.

Rossi, a veteran of series including Formula BMW, GP2 Asia and GP3, finished third in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 championship. The 20 year-old from California will now get the chance to spend a full day in Lotus’s Renault-powered F1 car during the Yas Marina session, which takes place from November 15-17.

“I am very excited to announce I will be competing in Abu Dhabi with Caterham Team AirAsia and will have the chance to put more F1 miles on my CV with Team Lotus,” said Rossi. “For the F1 test I will be looking to learn as much as possible, do the best job I can and soak up every minute, in and out of the car.”

Team principal Riad Asmat added: “We are very excited to have Alexander Rossi back on board for the Abu Dhabi GP2 race and the subsequent F1 test. We want to give him the chance to experience the pressure of an F1 environment so the young driver test is the natural place to give him that chance. We are all looking forward to both events and I am sure he will perform to the best of his ability whenever he is on track.”

Rossi has some previous Formula One testing experience, having driven for Sauber at Jerez in Spain back in 2009.

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