Alexander Rossi and Rio Haryanto will drive for Caterham's GP2 team in the 2014 series
American to combine driver with reserve role at sister F1 team
By William Esler. Last Updated: 21/01/14 11:29am
Alexander Rossi and Rio Haryanto will drive for Caterham's GP2 team in the 2014 series.
Rossi made his series debut in Bahrain last year, making an immediate impact by taking a podium finish in his first race, with his maiden win coming in Abu Dhabi. The American will combine his drive with the role of reserve driver with Catherham's F1 team on all non-GP2 weekends.
"I am pleased to be back with Caterham Racing for 2014 fighting for a GP2 Championship," the 22-year-old said.
"My 2013 program had some changes which meant I missed the pre-season tests and a couple of the early GP2 races, however, throughout the season the team and I made some big progress and by Abu Dhabi we were definitely one of the cars to beat. This continued in the post-season tests and I'm quite confident about the pace in 2014.
"As returning Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver my duties will continue with F1 outings, my role as simulator driver and on track Reserve for non-GP2 weekends. This is the perfect development for my future F1 race drive as I play an important role in assisting the team develop its 2014 car, something that will be particularly important this year with the current technical changes.
"I have to thank everyone involved at Caterham and Team Rossi for making this happen. We have a fantastic chance to win the GP2 title in 2014, while the F1 team achieves its goals of moving forward. This is an important era for all of us, as the sport enters a new generation. What a great way to start 2014!"
He will be partnered by Indonesian driver Haryanto who will drive for his third team in as many seasons. The 20-year-old graduated to GP2 in 2012 with Carlin and took his maiden podium finish at Silverstone last year with the Barwa Addax team.
"It is a great feeling to sign with Caterham Racing for my 2014 GP2 campaign," Haryanto said.
"After such a successful post season test with the team in Abu Dhabi and the possible Formula 1 opportunities, this was the obvious choice for me. The team atmosphere immediately filled me with confidence and I am sure that this new chapter, with a new team is going to bring success.
"I am also looking forward teaming up with Alexander Rossi. We are both strong Championship contenders and with our GP2 experience, we will work together to fight for both the team and driver Championships.
"My ultimate goal is to finish the season as high as possible in the 2014 GP2 Championship and give myself the best possible chance of a full time Formula 1 seat in 2015."