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Rossi gets GP2 seat with Caterham

Apr 17, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

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Two Americans competed in the 2013 FIA GP2 Series opener at Malaysia, and at least two will still be in seats this weekend in Bahrain.

Caterham Formula One reserve driver Alexander Rossi has been confirmed to replace his fellow reserve driver Ma Qing Hua in Caterham’s GP2 seat for the rest of the 2013 championship. Rossi’s teammate will be Spaniard Sergio Canamasas.

Rossi and Jake Rosenzweig, of the Barwa Addax Team, are the two Americans set to race this weekend.

Conor Daly will not be reprising his role with the new Hilmer squad, as he’ll be in Long Beach, Calif. this weekend for the IZOD IndyCar Series race and embedded with the A.J. Foyt Racing team ahead of his Indianapolis 500 debut.

A Caterham team release didn’t indicate whether Rossi, who was scheduled and excited for his first free practice one outing of the year in Bahrain, would still do so. Caterham announced Heikki Kovalainen would perform those duties in Bahrain and Spain, and it stands to reason Caterham will only replace one of its drivers rather than both.

Ma, meanwhile, has been dropped as an official Caterham reserve driver after a difficult outing in free practice one at the Chinese Grand Prix. An announcement of his revised plans will be made later.

  1. wallio - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    So Rossi gets a full season GP2 ride in exchange for losing a few Friday runs. A fair trade, although I was really looking forward to Friday.

    This reminds me of when Red Bull first started and they kept swapping Klein and Liuzzi in the second seat. Odd driver out got to run Fridays. However, RBR wanted to use Scott Speed on Friday at Indy and Canada, so they gave Tonio 6 races in the cycle, instead of 4. He never came back. Hope this ends better for Rossi.

  2. apexassassin - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Other articles elsewhere state Rossi “still retains his role as Reserve Driver alongside Heikki.” So I hope that means he’ll still get his outings.

    Personally I think it will be great to see him compete against Conor Daly. Jake Rosenzweig, and the other GP2 drivers(Nasr, Leimer, Coletti, Bird, etc). This weekend to include Sauber’s reserve driver, Frijns as well, so it should be great.

    Too bad no one is broadcasting it.

    • apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      I stand corrected. NBC had it on today, though I missed most of it. Will be getting news? Future coverage?

      Rossi did very well in his first race!

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