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Formula 1

ALEXANDER ROSSI WILL DRIVE FP1 IN MONTREAL AND AUSTIN 

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – Friday 25th April 2014

Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 race driver, will drive in two FP1 sessions this season at the Canadian and US Grands Prix in Montreal and Austin respectively.

Rossi has been flying the US flag as one of Caterham F1 Team’s Reserve Drivers since 2012 in addition to his role as one of the team’s primary simulator drivers. He has completed multiple FP1 sessions and test days for the team since 2011 and Montreal and Austin will mark his first tastes of 2014 machinery on track, building on the extensive mileage he has already accumulated in the team’s state-of-the-art simulator at its Leafield, UK base. This is the continuation of Rossi’s development towards a F1 full time race seat and reflects the ongoing commitment that Caterham have to see him reach his ultimate goal.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA. While his focus this year is firmly on GP2 we are pleased to give him more opportunities to play an active role in the F1 team’s race weekends and to have him help us develop our car at two races that are very important for us, both in terms of our season overall and with the strong support we have commercially in the North American continent.”

Alexander Rossi: “Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do. Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1. My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I’ve built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”

GP2

Rossi GP2 test 2014

ALEXANDER ROSSI LEADS THE WAY IN SAKHIR.
American driver quickest in Day 1 at Bahrain International Circuit
The final GP2 Series pre-season test session opened today at Bahrain International Circuit on a dirty track. There was one change in the drivers’ entry list compared to last week as Vittorio Ghirelli joined Trident in car 22. Pirelli provided every driver with five sets of Hard compounds and two sets of Soft compounds for the three days of testing.
Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to feed onto the track as soon as the lights turned green, but it was Jolyon Palmer who set the early pace. The first half of the session was pretty quiet as drivers waited for the track to get cleaner. Kimiya Sato was the first man to set a laptime inside the 1m42s with Daniel De Jong first and then Julian Leal bettering the Japanese’s time to snatch the top spot. Facu Regalia broke the 1m42s barrier along with Mitch Evans, but the Kiwi remained two tenths slower than the Argentine driver. Rio Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:41.400, but Felipe Nasr went even quicker and with one hour left on the clock, the Brazilian sat pretty at the top of the standings. Regalia was on a mission and improved on Nasr’s laptime by five hundredths. Twenty minutes before the end of the session, a red flag briefly halted the proceedings as Takuya Izawa stopped on track. The action resumed but a second red flag happened soon after when Simon Trummer hit the kerb at Turn 10 and stopped on track. In the dying minutes, Arthur Pic moved up to P1, but at the chequered flag it was Daniel Abt who dipped under 1m41s and finished the session at the top, five tenths ahead of Pic. Abt’s teammate Regalia, Nasr, Haryanto, Alexander Rossi, Stéphane Richelmi, Evans, Johnny Cecotto and Jon Lancaster completed the top ten.
The afternoon session saw Palmer taking to the track first, but it was Vandoorne who set the early pace in a 1:41.916. As the clock ticked down, the top spot was claimed successively by Richelmi, Raffaele Marciello and Nasr. Evans became the first man to go under 1m41s and stayed on top of the standings until there were thirty minutes left in the session. Conor Daly went quickest in a 1:40.734, but countryman Rossi was able to go one tenth faster to snatch P1. Abt moved up to P2 just before the session was shortly red flagged. The session was restarted with only ten minutes left on the clock. Evans moved up to P3 on his final attempt and at the chequered flag, Rossi remained the quickest man of the day ahead of Abt and Evans. Behind the trio, Daly, Palmer, Cecotto, Marciello, Ghirelli, Nasr and Vandoorne completed the top ten.
Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.676
17
2. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.192
17
3. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.327
15
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.352
12
5. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.400
13
6. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.460
13
7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:41.631
14
8. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.663
16
9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:41.671
12
10. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.711
12
11. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:41.739
27
12. André Negrao Arden International 1:41.849
15
13.
Julian Leal Carlin 1:41.986
15
14. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:41.995
15
15. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.122
17
16. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:42.189
13
17. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:42.231
17
18. Rene Binder Arden International 1:42.286
14
19. Daniiel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:42.348
15
20.
Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.375
18
21. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:42.405
6
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:42.600
12
23. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:42.614
19
24. Vittorio Ghirelli Trident
1:43.294
14
25. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
2:05.004
34
26. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix
2:08.207
32
Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.604
30
2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.616
26
3. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.680
25
4. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.734
20
5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:40.769
23
6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.829
13
7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:40.932
25
8. Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:40.976
21
9. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.022
23
10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:41.041
28
11.
Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.045
22
12. Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:41.065
21
13. Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.131
28
14. Julian Leal
Carlin
1:41.195
17
15. Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:41.275
23
16. Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:41.359
23
17. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.368
21
18. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering
1:41.394
23
19. Rene Binder Arden International
1:41.426
21
20. André Negrao Arden International
1:41.438
18
21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax
1:41.548
23
22. Simon Trummer Rapax
1:41.709
18
23. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.726
25
24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:42.013
29
25. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:42.204
23
26. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport
1:42.282
19

GP2

Rossi on top as Leimer crowned champion

ROSSI ON TOP AS LEIMER CROWNED GP2 CHAMPION—

Alexander Rossi converted yesterday’s pole to today’s win, but not without a fight: the American had to scrap his way back past Jolyon Palmer to take his maiden Series victory, but most eyes were trained on the fight behind them where Fabio Leimer lost a podium finish to Marcus Ericsson but had enough points in the bag to grab the 2013 GP2 Series title.
 
The action exploded right from the start, where front row starter and title contender Sam Bird stalled on the grid just as the lights went out: Rossi was slow off the line as Leimer and Palmer blew past the pair, and with the Swiss driver’s eyes on a bigger prize he gave way to the Briton at turn one, with the American making up for lost time by sliding inside Leimer at turn two before heading off after the race leader.
 
A safety car period for a collision between Jon Lancaster and Tom Dillmann delayed their charge for a few laps, but when they were eventually released the front pair resumed their fight while Leimer held third comfortably from Dani Clos, Felipe Nasr and Ericsson, while Racing Engineering watched Bird fight back through the field and worked out the championship ramifications for their man.
 
The soft shod cars started coming in from lap 6, with Leimer the most notable early stopper on lap 10, but with most of his rivals on the medium compound there was more maths to be done on the pitwall as the teams worked out the difference in time on track plus an estimate for the stops to come, with Leimer slicing through traffic to fulfil his part of the bargain.
 
Rossi pitted from second on lap 18 for rears only, setting a blistering pace on his outlap and forcing Palmer to come in two laps later to cover him off, the team changing four tyres to be conservative, only to be heartbroken seconds later as Rossi screamed past into the lead: the Briton threw everything at his rival, but when the clock ran out it was Rossi who was greeted by the chequered flag first, with Palmer next across the line.
 
Behind them Leimer had fought off a hard charging Ericsson for lap after lap, but eventually gave way with his eye on a bigger prize: the Swede was delighted to grab another podium finish as Leimer crossed the line in fourth, his points lead now untouchable. Clos held off a late race charge  for fifth from James Calado, who powered by Nasr and Johnny Cecotto in the closing stages, with Daniel Abt holding on for P9 (from P25 on the grid) from Bird, who had thrown everything he had at the race for his championship tilt but just fallen short.
 
Leimer’s 191 points claims the 2013 title from Bird on 173 points, with Nasr on 154, Calado on 142 and Coletti on 135 points. The team’s title is still in the balance with just tomorrow’s sprint race remaining: Carlin leads RUSSIAN TIME by 273 points to 265, with Racing Engineering on 253 points ahead of DAMS on 220.
Abu Dhabi – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
2.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
3.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
9.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
10.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
12.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
17.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
18.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
19.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
20.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Not Classified
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) – 1:52.873 on lap 22

GP2

Rossi lights up Abu Dhabi qualifying

American grabs top spot in dramatic session—
 
Alexander Rossi has dominated this evening’s qualifying session in Abu Dhabi with an educational display of driving under lights to claim pole position from Sam Bird and Jolyon Palmer, leading for most of the session to annex the front of tomorrow afternoon’s feature race grid.
 
With lights blazing all around the circuit, the darkness beyond had at least taken the sting out of the extreme heat from this morning’s practice session as Stefano Coletti set the early pace, but it didn’t take long before Palmer and then Rossi took over the running, with the American sawing away at his own times as his rivals tried in vain to keep up.
 
With six minutes remaining in the session most of the field were about to start their fast laps for another shot at the top spot, led on track once again by Rossi, as Daniel Abt slowed as first a wheelnut and then his left rear wheel detached from his car, prompting a red flag period much to the annoyance of his rivals.
 
The marshals made quick work of removing the stricken vehicles, and the field was soon out again and trying to get their tyres up to temperature: Marcus Ericsson looked to have done his job the best as he took the top of the timesheets, with Rossi pushing hard and finishing just 0.007 seconds behind the Swede and Palmer looking faster still until he missed his braking at the chicane and Bird slowing on his final run, but Ericsson’s time was soon cancelled for exceeding the track limits, promoting the others.
 
Title leader Fabio Leimer will line up in P4, immediately behind championship rival Bird on the grid but ahead of Johnny Cecotto, Jon Lancaster, Felipe Nasr, Stephane Richelmi and Dani Clos, with the closeness of the grid promising a scorching feature race.  
Abu Dhabi – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:48.931
11
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.241
10
3.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:49.376
10
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:49.485
11
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.672
9
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:49.680
10
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.827
10
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:49.829
11
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:49.835
10
10.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:49.846
10
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:49.864
10
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:49.910
10
13.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.951
10
14.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:50.002
9
15.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.334
10
16.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
1:50.446
10
17.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.510
10
18.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:50.534
10
19
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:50.553
11
20.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.634
13
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.809
10
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.884
10
23.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.906
11
24.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:50.907
6
25.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.493
10

GP2

Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi
Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi

LEIMER LEADS THE WAY IN FREE PRACTICE—

Fabio Leimer has started the final weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series in fine style after claiming the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at Yas Marina Circuit, stealing the spot in his final lap to head title rival Sam Bird and Dani Clos.
 
The points leader set a time of 1:51.766 on his final lap to claim best time from Bird, but the Englishman appeared to be on a faster lap before slowing slightly in the final sector, relinquishing the position he had held for much of the session in the process.
 
The practice session took place under blazing skies, with times tumbling throughout as the drivers came to grips with the circuit and their tyres: Jolyon Palmer set the first competitive lap before Bird claimed the top spot just 8 minutes in, improving his time later before Clos took over on the leaderboard with just over ten minutes remaining.
 
As the pace improved a number of drivers ran wide, showing just how hard they were working to improve their times: Bird regained the top spot with four minutes remaining, but Leimer laid down a marker for the championship battle as the chequered flag came out.
 
Alexander Rossi, James Calado, Tom Dillmann, Jon Lancaster, Stéphane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr filled the timesheets behind the top three, with just one second covering the first 11 drivers: the pace promises to heat up even more when qualifying starts a few hours from now.
Abu Dhabi – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:51.766
10
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.924
13
3.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:52.019
11
4.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:52.061
13
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.162
11
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.175
12
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:52.543
12
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:52.573
14
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.583
12
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.697
14
11.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.709
14
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.801
13
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:52.822
14
14.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:52.853
13
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.870
11
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.973
12
17.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:53.225
13
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.383
13
19
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:53.472
13
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.552
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.638
11
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.750
11
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.986
10
24.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.435
14
25.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
1:55.291
14
26.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
2:00.043
10

Formula 1

Caterham Test drivers 2013

ALEXANDER ROSSI AND MA QING HUA CONFIRMED AS CATERHAM F1 TEAM RESERVE DRIVERS

Alexander Rossi and Ma Qing Hua have today been confirmed as Caterham F1 Team’s Reserve Drivers, joining Race Drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde in the team’s driver line-up.
 
As Reserve Driver, Alexander comes with a large amount of experience and success in junior formula. He will continue the development he has made with Caterham F1 Team since first driving for the team at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Young Driver test and building on the Test Driver role he fulfilled in 2012, making his F1 debut in Barcelona in the Spanish Grand Prix FP1 session. As part of his 2013 Reserve Driver role Alexander will be taking part in a number of FP1 sessions throughout the season, building on the experience he has gained with the team since 2011.
 
Ma Qing Hua is a new addition to the Caterham F1 Team driver roster and will drive in the Chinese Grand Prix FP1 session for Caterham F1 Team as part of his Reserve Driver program in 2013. In addition, Ma will be racing throughout the forthcoming season with Caterham Racing in the GP2 series, giving him the opportunity to compete against some of the best young talent in motorsport whilst being fully integrated into the F1 environment.
 
Ma already has FP1 experience on his CV, having driven in four Friday practice sessions in 2012. He first competed in motorsport in 2005 in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge, and in Italian F3000, and since then he has competed in various series including A1 Grand Prix and the British Formula 3 Championship.
 
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal of Caterham F1 Team: “I’m very pleased to welcome Ma into our team. Alexander continues his development with us into 2013 and his promotion is a reflection of the investment we are making in him for the future”.
 
“Ma joins us with previous F1 experience from 2012, and will play a key role in helping our GP2 team achieve their 2013 goals. We are looking forward to helping him develop his talents, both in the F1 and GP2 environments, and giving Chinese fans a figurehead to support on track throughout the year ahead.
 
“As Reserve Drivers, both Alexander and Ma will attend every race with us and will be driving in a number of FP1 sessions to continue their development. One of the main challenges facing young drivers moving up to F1 is the sheer number of people they have to interact with compared to any other level of their motorsport career. They go from a small number in Formula Renault 3.5 to more than 15 in F1, across engineering, performance, reliability, engine, KERS, strategy, communications and marketing. The program we have devised for Alexander and Ma will allow them to immerse themselves completely in the F1 environment throughout 2013, preparing them for the day when they take the next step up to the ultimate level.”
 
Alexander Rossi: “After many discussions this winter with Caterham F1 Team regarding my 2013 program, today’s announcement brings me even closer to my goal of racing in F1.
 
“2013 will be my third season with the Caterham family and I’ve built solid relationships within the whole team. My goals from the Friday practice sessions that I will drive this season is to  fulfill the team’s runplan for each session, work closely with everyone and learn as much as possible, always being ready for the next opportunity. As Caterham F1 Team’s Reserve Driver I will attend all F1 events, allowing me to integrate fully within in the team technically, commercially and from a sporting perspective in F1, best preparing me for the next step.
 
“I want to thank Caterham shareholders Tony and Kamarudin for their complete support and Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul for the trust he has placed in me to carry out these duties. I plan to make the most of this season and the opportunities afforded to me so I’ll be best prepared for what comes next.”
 
Ma Qing Hua: “I am very excited about joining the Caterham family and would like to thank everyone at Caterham F1 Team and Caterham Racing for giving me the chance to race in GP2 and to extend my F1 experience.
 
“Both teams have everything they need to keep growing in the right direction and I am looking forward to playing an important role in helping them achieve what they’ve set out to this year. I know the fans at home will be really excited to see me race in GP2 and with the F1 work I also have ahead of me, China can be proud that it continues to have a driver involved in motor racing at the very highest level.”