Last Wednesday, Alexander Rossi has confirmed that his departure from the Caterham F1 and GP2 Series teams.
Rossi has been part of the Caterham family since 2011, and has raced for the operation in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and in GP2, and has participated in a handful of free practice sessions for the F1 team, most recently at Montreal this year. He was scheduled for another run in front of his home fans at Austin later in the year, but that will no longer happen.
“I’m very thankful to everyone at Caterham throughout the time I have worked with the team,” said Rossi.
“We had meetings over the past couple months with the previous and new management. The decision we took to leave Caterham is the right decision for my career.
“I take with me only the positives from my time there, where I logged considerable F1 mileage, driving each of their F1 cars since Lotus Racing entered the F1 World Championship in 2010. I have proven my abilities in F1 equipment, in both testing and free practice sessions, and I’m ready for the next step.”
“I’m very much looking forward to joining the Campos GP2 team this weekend in Germany,” said the American.
“I had a chance to work with the team’s Technical Director Philippe Gautheron during the latter part of the 2013 season, including my win in Abu Dhabi. I feel we have a very good opportunity for a strong race weekend in Hockenheim.”
Rossi also a statement posted in his official Facebook page:- “My goal is to be in F1 and add value to the sport, and I’m very optimistic about my next steps; we have a great opportunity to grow the sport in the States and I believe the timing is perfect.”
Anybody wishing to speculate on why the “timing is perfect” to “grow the sport in the States,” need only look to American Gene Haas, who is starting a Formula One team for 2016.
Haas has said in the past that he would love to have an American driver in his operation. Could that American be Rossi?