Rossi takes Marussia reserve role after Caterham axe

Marussia F1 Team

24 July 2014 by TF1T Staff

American Alexander Rossi has joined the Marussia F1 team in a reserve role after leaving Caterham earlier this month when the team was bought out and restructured.

He previously raced for the Caterham GP2 outfit but will now take up a full-time reserve role with Caterham's closest rival, Marussia.

"Since my initial discussions with the Marussia F1 team management, I've felt right at home," he said.

"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 before the summer break."

He is expected to take part in at least one free practice session for the team, likely his home race, the United States Grand Prix.

"He is a proven talent whom we have observed in GP2 and we have also been impressed by his performances during Friday morning free practice sessions over the past two seasons," added team principal John Booth.

"The US is an exciting market for the sport and Alexander has a great deal of support there, so it is nice to develop new links to that audience.

"Alexander will be an integral part of the team, immersing himself in our engineering activity so that he is fully prepared should he ever be required to deputise for one of the race drivers."