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Alexander Rossi joins Caterham as tester 09 Mar 2012

Alexander Rossi (USA) Team Lotus.
Formula One Testing, Day Three, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 17 November 2011 Alexander Rossi (USA) Team Lotus T128.
Formula One Testing, Day Three, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 17 November 2011 Alexander Rossi (USA) Team Lotus T128.
Formula One Testing, Day Three, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 17 November 2011

American Alexander Rossi has joined the ranks of Caterham as their test driver for the 2012 season. Rossi will work alongside the team’s racers, Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov, and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde.

The 20 year-old, who participated in November’s Abu Dhabi young driver test for the team, is expected to take part in several Friday practice sessions. He will also compete for a second year in the World Series by Renault 3.5 for the newly-formed Arden Caterham team.

"My goal to be in Formula One is one step closer after being signed as test driver for Caterham F1 Team,” said Rossi. “I want to thank Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and Riad Asmat for their trust in me and long-term commitment to my career.

"I feel really comfortable with everyone and am looking forward to growing as a professional and acquiring as much experience as possible from Friday Practice, the F1 simulator and time with the team. I am fully ready for the task at hand.”

Caterham team principal Fernandes added: “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. 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 a veteran of several series including Formula BMW, GP2 Asia and GP3.

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