The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that Alexander Rossi has been appointed to the role of Official Reserve Driver for the remainder of the 2014 season. Alexander has spent the past two seasons in the role of reserve driver for the Caterham F1 Team. However it all started for the 22-year-old native of Auburn, California, by winning the Skip Barber Western Regional championship and placing third nationally in 2006. He followed that up with a win in the Formula BMW Americas title in 2008 and proceeded to Formula Renault 3.5 before joining Campos Racing in the GP2 series.
“Today is a good day and next step in my Formula 1 career. Since my initial discussions with the Marussia F1 Team management, I’ve felt right at home. I’m looking forward to working with the Team in Hungary and building for the rest of the season. The timing of my affiliation with the Team is perfect, especially beginning in Hungary before the summer break. My goal is Formula 1, and I’m delighted to be immersed into the Team as Official Reserve Driver, said Alexander Rossi.
The move is a step up for Rossi from Caterham, but it should hopefully lead to some seat time in an official test session or two, or maybe being called up to replace Max Chilton or Jules Bianchi in before the end of the season and he always has the chance of getting promoted to a full-time drive for next year’s championship.
Rossi is the first American to break into Formula 1 since Scott Speed, left the series in 2007. The last American driver to win a grand prix was Mario Andretti back in 1978.
John Booth Marussia Team Principal said, “We are very pleased to welcome Alexander to the Marussia F1 Team in the role of Official Reserve Driver. He is a proven talent whom we have observed in GP2 and we have also been impressed by his performances.”