The vast majority of Formula 1 World Champions have emerged from South America or Europe. One driver hoping to put an end to this run of success is a young American whose name I suggest you all remember.
Alexander Rossi may only be 21 but his racing future is already mapped out. His career path thus far has been traditional for a driver aiming for the pinnacle. Time in GP2, GP3 and the World Series by Renault has helped attract sponsors, race fans and of course the might of the Formula 1 powers. He is probably best known for being Caterham’s test driver but he has achieved much more besides.
His win in the Formula BMW World Final placed him on a prestigious list; the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg and Nico Rosberg (amongst others) have too tasted victory in this championship. His time in the GP2 Asia Series and GP3 allowed him to continue racing in Europe; these lower tiers of racing are less competitive in his native America.
In 2011 he finished third in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series before joining Arden Caterham. Perhaps not the fastest car on the circuit, it did enable relations between him and Caterham to grow. Alas, Friday Practice Sessions and a shot at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi were his.
That Young Driver Test for Caterham F1 also gifted Rossi with a record – one of my personal favourites – he is currently the only American to hold an FIA Super License.
Formula 1 has helped place American drivers back into the minds of race fans; he is the first driver to compete in a Formula 1 session since Scott Speed’s disastrous, and short lived, attempt in 2007. For these, and his sunny personality, he is one to watch. His sights are firmly set on Formula 1 and he may just make it. Keep going!