American reserve driver, Alexander Rossi, has left the Caterham F1 team as well as its GP2 team on Wednesday. Having been with the team as a reserve driver since 2011 and racing in Formula Renault 3.5 as well as GP2, Rossi said:
“I’m very thankful to everyone at Caterham throughout the time I have worked with the team,” he said. “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.”
Rossi says he’s excited about Haas Formula joining the F1 grid as an American team and many sense a natural fit for an American driver but money is always the key in this age of paying drivers. Of course Gene Haas could forego the concept of paying drivers in favor of fielding an American driver in an American team but that remains to be seen.
Haas did say he’d like a veteran driver and an American driver and one has to assume that Rossi is more than interested in getting that seat for 2016.