Alexander Rossi back on GP2 Podium in Spa

Alexander Rossi back on GP2 Podium in Spa

26.08.2013: GP2 Series Spa Francorchamps, Belgium A solid weekend at the Belgium round of the GP2 Series,

GP2 Series Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
 



A solid weekend at the Belgium round of the GP2 Series, as Alexander Rossi returns to the podium after the summer break.
 

Qualifying in 5th position ahead of the Feature Race, Alexander drove superbly to bring home the team's second trophy of the year. Alexander fought his way through the field to bring home the car in 3rd place, equalling his best result of the season so far.
 

Despite the good result on Saturday, Sunday's Sprint Race proved more difficult starting race 2 on used tyres that degraded very quickly. Alexander pitted for tires with 6 laps remaining, thus managing the fastest race lap at 1:59.880.


Alexander Rossi:
"It's good to be back on the podium and to score fifteen points for the team. I'm confident we can build on this for final three rounds of championship.
 
 
"It was a little hectic at the start of the race as the first corner was wet but I made up one place and settled into a rhythm.
 

"When the safety car came out it gave me a chance to reflect on the first couple of laps and understand the reference points of drying conditions.
 

"I was being held up behind Calado in the opening stint, the team did a great job with helping me manage the pace and tyre strategy. Equally the pit stop was really good, allowing me to jump Leimer for 3rd.
 

"It is great that we have carried over the speed from qualifying to the race and I feel that we have turned a corner and gained some valuable momentum.
 

"We adopted a strategy for the Feature Race which matched that of the leaders, using both prime tyres which meant that if we didn't have rain for the Sprint Race it was going to be very difficult - which it certainly was.
 

"I was expecting it to be tough but the fact that I was losing rear grip from lap one in an 18 lap race meant I couldn't defend and fight. After switching to the soft tyre the car was good and I managed to get fastest lap but by then there was nothing I could do about my position.


"We need to appreciate that we maximised our opportunity on Saturday with our podium finish and we knew that it was going to be a bit of a sacrifice today without new prime tyres if it didn't rain.
 

"I am now looking forward to Monza and more good results."
 
         

        
Rossi 2013 Partners Include:


Caterham F1 Team, General Electric, AirAsia, INTEL, Alaska Coffee Roasting, Vichy Springs, CS&A, FIA Institute Young Driver's Excellence Program, InterVision, Astech Consulting, Kial James Design
        


Alexander Rossi in 40 Seconds


From 169 Formula car starts, 21-year old Alexander has: 38 wins, 66 podiums,
33 poles and current win percentage of 22.48%
• 2013 Caterham Racing GP2 Championship Driver
• 2013 Caterham F1 Team Official Reserve Driver
• 2012 Caterham F1 Team Official Test Driver
• 2012 World Series by Renualt - 11th Overall
• 2011 World Series by Renault – 3rd Overall and Rookie Champion
• 2011 AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Program
• 2011 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy
• 2010 ART Grand Prix GP3 - 4th Overall Championship
• 2009 BMW Sauber F1 Testing - F1 Superlicense Qualifications
• 2009 GP2 Asia / Meritus Racing and Ocean Racing - 9th Overall, 3 Top 5 Finishes
• 2009 International Formula Master Championship / ISR Racing - 4th Overall and Rookie Champion
• 2008 Formula BMW World Champion, 1st Place
• 2008 Formula BMW Americas 1st Champion, 10 wins
• 2007 Formula BMW Americas 3rd Overall, 3 wins
• 2006 Skip Barber National Series, 3rd Overall, 4 wins
• 2006 Skip Barber Western Regional Series, 1st Champion
 

- Tom Webb, photo GP2   

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