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American Rossi secures practice outing with Caterham for the Spanish Grand Prix

Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi will get his first taste of Formula 1 machinery on a grand prix weekend in Spain next week, with Caterham handing him a run in first free practice at Barcelona.

The American, who last drove for the Hingham-based team at the young driver test at Yas Marina last year, will stand in for Heikki Kovalainen.

Speaking about his opportunity, Rossi said: "I am looking forward to getting back into the F1 car in Spain and I want to thank the team for the chance to run in FP1 in Barcelona.

"I have a clear goal for the session - make sure I run to the plan set by the engineers, not make any mistakes and learn as much as I can over the whole weekend."

Rossi's only other F1 experience came at the end of 2009. He was given a run by BMW Sauber when the young driver test was held at Jerez.

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