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Alexander Rossi joins Racing Engineering for 2015 GP2 campaign

by Peter Allen
Alexander Rossi

Photo: Racing Engineering

Alexander Rossi?will compete in GP2 this year for Racing Engineering.

The American has taken part in the series in each of the past two years. Driving for Caterham in 2013 as part of his long relationship with the former F1 team of the same name, he scored a podium on his main series debut at round two Bahrain and ended the year with a maiden victory in the Abu Dhabi feature race.

He suffered a difficult start to the 2014 season, scoring just ten points in the first five events before splitting with Caterham when the F1 team underwent a change of ownership. He took a reserve driver role at Marussia, and made a further GP2 appearance with Campos at Hockenheim.

After winning the Formula BMW Americas title in 2008, he moved to Europe and finished fourth in the International Formula Masters series, a result he repeated in GP3 the following season. He was then third in his rookie campaign in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2012 but only 11th in the following year with newcomers Arden Caterham.

?After several years of discussions, at last Racing Engineering and I have found a way to work together,” said 23-year-old Rossi.

“Racing Engineering is a multiple championship winning GP2 team, and their passion and commitment to excellence reflects throughout the organisation, where winning and performance is the sole focus.

“It is public knowledge that I have been carefully looking over several options for 2015, both in Europe and the States. I?ve spent the majority of my career racing in Europe, building my racing foundation and have strong relationships there. My ultimate goal has never wavered, and still remains F1.

“The GP2 championship with Racing Engineering is the perfect alignment for these career objectives. The team and I have a strong mutual belief in each other and believe we have the assets and the combination to win the championship this year.?

Rossi joins F3 graduate Jordan King at the Spanish squad, who took Fabio Leimer to the 2013 title and won races with Stefano Coletti and Raffaele Marciello last year.

?I am delighted to have Alex Rossi joining us for this season as he has the talent and team work necessary for leading the drivers’ championship this season,” said team boss?Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon.

“We have known Alex for many years and our paths have often crossed but not come together but now that we are working together the driver and the team will do everything in their power to achieve the goal we have set. With team mate Jordan King, we have a formidable line up for the 2015 season, now let’s get to work and make it all happen.?

2015 GP2 Series line-up so far
Teams Drivers
DAMS Pierre Gasly Alex Lynn
Carlin Julian Leal Marco Sorensen
ART Grand Prix Stoffel Vandoorne Nobuharu Matsushita
Racing Engineering Jordan King Alexander Rossi
Russian Time ?Mitch Evans Artem Markelov
Trident Raffaele Marciello Rene Binder
Campos Racing Arthur Pic Rio Haryanto
MP Motorsport
Rapax Sergey Sirotkin
Arden International Norman Nato Andre Negrao
Status Grand Prix
Hilmer Motorsport
Lazarus Nathanael Berthon