Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi to feature at Bahrain Grand Prix

Caterham's Giedo Van Der Garde at F1 testing on February 6, 2013
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Alexander Rossi will represent Caterham in the first practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix later this month.

Reserve driver Alexander Rossi will feature for Caterham for the first time this season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old, who has not competed in an official Formula 1 session since last year's Spanish Grand Prix, will replace Gieldo van der Garde in the first practice of the GP later this month.

"I'm very much looking forward to that because it's a chance to drive the car and I know the track pretty well," Rossie told ESPN. "I did GP2 Asia there so, while it's only 90 minutes, it gives me a chance to make an impression.

"The main focus is to carry out the programme for the team, but let's be real here, motor sport is all about lap times isn't it? So I'm going to need to find the balance between carrying out the job for the team and performance."

Van der Garde will sit out of four practice sessions over the course of this season.

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