Alexander Rossi will drive for Caterham during first practice in the United States

22-year-old returns to CT03 in front of home fans

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 11/11/13 9:56am

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Alexander Rossi will drive for Caterham during first practice at his home race in the United States next weekend.

The 22-year-old was at the wheel of the CT03 on F1's last visit to North American at the Canadian GP in June and also drove the car at July's Young Driver Test at Silverstone.

Rossi contested the contested the 2013 GP2 Championship with Caterham's junior team finishing ninth in the standings after taking his first victory in the series at the Abu Dhabi finale.

"I very much look forward to the US Grand Prix week starting," he said. "This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own friends, family, supporters and fans. It means a lot to me that the team is giving me this opportunity, while trusting me with the responsibility and I want thank everyone who's helped make this possible.

"It's obviously going to be a very busy week, but I'm totally prepared for it all. I have a full plate of media appearances before we even get to the track, the FOTA Fan Forum event downtown on Wednesday evening, and then a karting event straight after that. I will have a good chance to meet fans and tell the local Austin media all about our sport, but then on Friday morning it'll be time for the real work to begin on track.

"I've already driven COTA several times, including in a classic Grand Prix car, so I know the layout well, but driving a current-season F1 car is a bit different altogether and on Grand Prix weekend it's a very important responsibility. With the amount of F1 testing I've already done over the last few years, I'm fully prepared to do the best job for the team in FP1. As it's an official practice session it's important that I help the team as much as possible to set the car up right for the rest of the weekend, while, for me, this is another chance to use the session to continue to learn, develop and progress towards the next step up to being the next full-time F1 race driver."

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