Alexander Rossi (racing driver)

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Alexander Rossi
AlexanderRossiGoodwood2013.jpg
Rossi at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nationality United States American
Born (1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 22)
Auburn, California, United States
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2013
Current team Caterham Racing
Car no. 19
Starts 30
Championships 0
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 9th in 2013
Previous series
201012
2010
2009–10
2009
2008
2007–08
2006
2006
2005–06
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP3 Series
GP2 Asia Series
International Formula Master
Formula BMW Europe
Formula BMW USA/Americas
Skip Barber Race Series
Formula TR 2000 Pro Series
S. Barber Western Regional
Championship titles
2008
2008
2006
Formula BMW World Final
Formula BMW Americas
S. Barber Western Regional

Alexander Rossi (born September 25, 1991 in Auburn, California) is an American racing driver who competes in single seater formulae. He is currently a Formula One reserve driver with Caterham F1 Team.

Career[edit]

Skip Barber[edit]

In 2005, after becoming IKF Grand National Champion in the 100cc Yamaha class, Rossi was semi-finalist in the Red Bull Formula One American Drivers search with a top 5 finish overall out of over 2,000 nationwide candidates.

In 2006 he was awarded the Skip Barber National Scholarship from Skip Barber Racing School to compete in the 2006 Skip Barber National Championship, where he finished third overall and became the youngest winner in Skip Barber National Championship history, at age 14.

Formula BMW[edit]

Rossi competed in the Formula BMW USA series in 2007, finishing third overall in the championship, with three wins and five podiums while driving for Team Apex Racing, USA.

For 2008, Rossi returned for a sophomore year with the two-time Formula BMW championship winning team EuroInternational. He won the overall championship, becoming the first American Formula BMW Champion in the Americas Championship, with ten wins from the fifteen races run.

Rossi completed the season as World Champion, winning the 2008 Formula BMW World Final at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City, beating the rookie Michael Christensen. Rossi was awarded a Formula One test with BMW Sauber F1 Team,[1][2] along with European champion Esteban Gutiérrez.

International Formula Master[edit]

Rossi decided to cross the Atlantic in order to compete in Europe in 2009. He chose to compete in the International Formula Master with Hitech Racing.[3] After two rounds, Rossi moved over to ISR Racing for the remainder of the season. Rossi won three races over the course of the season, all coming during reverse-grid races. The wins at Brno, Spa and Imola gave Rossi the second-highest tally of victories during the 2009 season, with Fabio Leimer (seven) winning more. Coupled with Pål Varhaug's sixth place in the final race at Imola, Rossi moved up to fourth overall in the championship, and the highest-placed rookie driver.

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010, Rossi made the move to the new GP3 Series, competing for multiple championship winning team ART Grand Prix. He joined Pedro Nunes and Esteban Gutiérrez at the team, winning twice and finishing fourth in the series.[4]

World Series by Renault[edit]

After a season in GP3, Rossi moved on to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Fortec Motorsport. He was joined at the team by Brazilian driver and Italian Formula Three Champion César Ramos. He won the opening race of the season in Aragón and the second race at Le Castellet, and eventually finished third in the championship– and top rookie driver– behind Carlin drivers Robert Wickens and Jean-Éric Vergne.

Rossi stayed in the series for the 2012 season, but switched to newcomers Arden Caterham Motorsport, partnering Red Bull backed driver Lewis Williamson.[5]

Alexander Rossi at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round

GP2 Series[edit]

Rossi competed in the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series. Having competed for Ocean Racing Technology at the first Abu Dhabi round, Rossi moved to Team Meritus for the remaining rounds.[6] Rossi made a strong impression immediately finishing fourth in his début race, from thirteenth on the grid. Rossi was only the second American to compete at GP2 level, preceded by Scott Speed who raced in Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. Rossi finished ninth in the championship standings. He made his GP2 Series debut in the Bahrain round in 2013 after replacing Chinese driver Ma Qinghua, he finished 3rd in his debut race.

Formula One[edit]

Rossi was one of three drivers linked to US-based Formula One team US F1 along with José María López and James Rossiter. Rossi was contracted to be the reserve and test driver before the team folded. He has also tested the 2009-spec BMW Sauber F1.09 Formula One car as part of Formula One's young driver test in Jerez. This was earned for winning the Formula BMW World Final. This test earned Rossi his FIA Super License and is currently the only American to hold one. On March 9, 2012 he was announced as a test driver for the Caterham F1 team, alongside reserve driver Giedo van der Garde.[5] At the Spanish round he drove Heikki Kovalainen's car in the first practice session, becoming the first American to drive in a Formula One session (during a race weekend) since Scott Speed at the 2007 European Grand Prix. In 2013 he drove the Caterham in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix and at Silverstone in July for the young driver test.[7][8] In 2014 he drove the Caterham in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix.[9]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podium Points Position
2005 Skip Barber Western Regional Skip Barber Racing School 2 0 0 60 29th
2006 Skip Barber National Skip Barber Racing School 14 3 2 2 4 613 3rd
Skip Barber Western Regional Skip Barber Racing School 10 8 11 10 538 1st
Formula TR 1600 Pro Series Odyssey Motorsports 11 4 5 6 409 7th
2007 Formula BMW Americas Team Apex Racing 14 3 1 2 5 410 3rd
Formula BMW World Final EuroInternational 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2008 Formula BMW Americas EuroInternational 15 10 10 9 11 249 1st
Formula BMW Europe 2 0 0 0 0 N/A† N/A†
Formula BMW World Final 1 1 0 1 1 N/A 1st
2009 International Formula Master Hitech Racing 16 3 0 1 5 52 4th
ISR Racing
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series Ocean Racing Technology 8 0 0 0 0 12 9th
MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com
2010 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 14 2 2 1 5 38 4th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 2 0 1 5 156 3rd
2012 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Caterham 17 0 0 4 1 63 11th
2013 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
GP2 Series Caterham Racing
EQ8 Caterham Racing
20 1 1 0 4 92 9th
2014 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
GP2 Series EQ8 Caterham Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0* 21st*

† – As Rossi was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

8
ESP
SPR

1
TUR
FEA

4
TUR
SPR

3
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

2
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

15
4th 38

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 D.C. Points
2013 EQ8 Caterham Racing MYS
FEA

MYS
SPR

BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

20
ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

6
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

19
GBR
FEA

10
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

16
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

22
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

2
SGP
FEA

Ret
SGP
SPR

23
ABU
FEA

1
ABU
SPR

Ret
9th 92
2014 EQ8 Caterham Racing BHR
FEA

22
BHR
SPR

25
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

14
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

11
AUT
FEA

8
AUT
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

21
GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

RUS
FEA

RUS
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

16th* 10*

* Season in progress

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 Ocean Racing Technology ABU1
FEA

4
ABU1
SPR

5
9th 12
MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com ABU2
FEA

6
ABU2
SPR

9
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

Ret
BHR2
FEA

11
BHR2
SPR

5

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2010 ISR Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1

Ret
BRN
1
BRN
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
NC 0
2011 Fortec Motorsport ALC
1

1
ALC
2

2
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

7
MNZ
1

17
MNZ
2

2
MON
1

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

5
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

DSQ
LEC
1

16
LEC
2

1
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

7
3rd 156
2012 Arden Caterham ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

5
MON
1

3
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

Ret
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

9
MSC
1

17†
MSC
2

5
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

5
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

8
LEC
1

22
LEC
2

16
CAT
1

19
CAT
2

5
11th 63

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula One participations[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA
2013 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT03 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS
MAL
CHN
BHR
ESP
MON
CAN
TD
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
IND
ABU
USA
TD
BRA
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN
TD
AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU –* –*

* Season in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United States Eric Lux
Zytek Z11SN LMP2 307 23rd 10th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SIL
SPA
LMS
10
SÃO
COA FUJ SHA BHR 19th 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2009-07-31). "Rossi, Gutierrez get BMW F1 test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Rossi wins BMW Sauber F1 test". gpupdate.net (GPUpdate). 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Rossi, American World Champion Signs with Hi Tech Junior Team". alexanderrossi.com (Alexander Rossi). 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ "ART Grand Prix announces complete GP3 Series 2010 Line-up". gp2series.com (GP2 Series). 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Alexander Rossi confirmed as Caterham F1 Team Test Driver". Caterham F1 (Caterham F1 Team). March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ English, Steven (2010-01-27). "Rossi switches to Meritus for GP2 Asia". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Di Resta quickest in opening session in Montreal". Pitpass.com. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rossi, Stevens to drive for Caterham at young driver test". Formula1.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Alonso beats Mercedes duo in Canada FP1". Racer. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Traver
Skip Barber Western Regional
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Tom Roberts
Preceded by
Daniel Morad
(Formula BMW Americas)
Formula BMW Americas
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Gabriel Chaves
Preceded by
Philipp Eng
Formula BMW World Final
Winner

2008
Succeeded by
None