Alexander Rossi will return to racing this weekend in Bahrain after replacing Ma Qing Hua in the Caterham Racing GP2 team.
Rossi will replace the Chinese for the rest of the GP2 season, as well as keeping his role as reserve driver for the Caterham F1 team alongside the newly Heikki Kovalainen who will return to the team who he raced for from 2010-2012 as a reserve driver.
Hua, who finished 21st in his debut race for the Caterham GP2 team also drove for the F1 outfit in Friday’s free practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, but will be relieved of his reserve driver duties after a difficult session which saw him finish last of all the runners. He will however, be kept on by Caterham but the nature of his future role is yet to be announced by the team.
Rossi’s connection with Caterham goes back to last season, when he raced for the Arden Caterham outfit in Formula Renault 3.5 and finished the season in 11th. His teammate for the GP2 season will be Spaniard Sergio Canamasas.
It is still unknown whether Rossi or Kovalainen will drive in this weekend’s Friday practice sessions.