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Rossi lines up for FP1 in Canada

Friday 31-May-2013 07:33

Alexander Rossi will contest his first Friday practice session of this season for Caterham at next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old joined Caterham last season and took part in the first session at the Spanish Grand Prix as well as the Young Driver test.

However, since then his efforts have been solely focused on aero testing and simulation work.

Next weekend, though, the GP2 driver will have the opportunity to drive the CT03 around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

"Returning to F1 action is obviously another important step in the plan I've worked over a decade for and I take all the opportunities I get very seriously," he said.

"This will be my first outing in the CT03 and on the 2013 Pirelli tyres in F1 and it's good that my 2013 F1 debut is on North American soil, in front of a crowd who are seriously passionate about F1 and really know what our sport is all about.

"I've raced and won in Montreal back in Formula BMW and I enjoy the circuit a lot - it will be a special feeling to play an active role in the race weekend with the team.

"Even though FP1 sessions always seem to be over in the blink of an eye, it'll be good to play an important part in the team's work on track.

"I was last in an F1 car in the CT02 2012 car in Abu Dhabi, last November for the young driver test so I'm looking forward to see how far the car has progressed since then.

"This year for the F1 team I've done aero testing, simulation work and I drove at the team's filming day, so this will be a good session for me to use what I learnt about the car in the sim and the aero tests as a comparison to help the team progress this weekend.

"It will be all about working to the run plan for the session and helping the team set the car up for the race drivers for the rest of the weekend."

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