GP2 Caterham driver, Alexander Rossi, will be given a drive in Caterham’s formula 1 team in the first practice session at the upcoming United States Grand Prix.
Though only finishing ninth overall in the GP2 standings this year, Rossi was able to dominate the final race in the series by winning at Abu Dhabi.
The young American has also driven in a Caterham formula 1 car during the July Young Driver Test and the first practice session at the Canadian GP.
So far, current Caterham formula 1 drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde have not been resigned for the 2014 season. As this is the case, Rossi has been given a chance at the perfect time to show his superiors that he has what it takes to step up to Formula 1.
Rossi’s inclusion also gives a strong indicator that Caterham are looking at him as an option for a 2014 seat.
Kimi Raikkonen has also called it quits on Lotus and the 2013 season due to him having to undergo back surgery.
As such, Lotus reserve driver and 2012 GP2 champion, Davide Valsecchi, will likely be the driver nominated to replace Raikkonen in the remaining two races.
As Raikkonen is leaving Lotus to go to Ferrari next year, the second Lotus seat is still available to be filled for 2014.
It is already widely believed that Nico Hulkenburg will fill that seat, and if not him, Pastor Maldonado, yet the experience that Valsecchi will gain by competing in two grands prix is invaluable.
Also, if Valsecchi is given the drive at Lotus for the United States and Brazillian races, it gives him the perfect opportunity to show Lotus and other teams that he is a capable driver at the top tier level of racing.