Forgive the brief “homerism,” but there actually was an American in an Formula 1 car today, and so it seems fitting — given our mid-America HQ — to highlight what Alexander Rossi said post the first practice.
Via the Caterham site:
“I am very pleased with how this morning’s session went. We completed the program the team had set and I acclimatised quickly to the step up to F1. This isn’t my first time working with the team, I already have a day at the Abu Dhbai young driver test last year under my belt, but coming into a full race weekend is a very different proposition to the young driver test. Today wasn’t about setting the quickest lap I could – there may have been another seven or eight tenths to be found but the main thing today was to learn as much as I could, contribute by following the plan, give the engineers clear, concise feedback, and not make any mistakes. That’s what we did so I think it’s been pretty much as good as it could have been.”
So far there’s nothing additional at Rossi’s own site, but I’ll try to keep an eye on it.
To re-cap what we’ve already re-capped, Rossi was about a second slower than Vitaly Petrov during the first practice. Petrov clocked a 1:27.475 to Rossi’s 1:28.448. That put Vitaly at 19 and Rossi at 21 during the open practice.
So, how do folks think Rossi did?