Jolyon Palmer: "In the second race I had Leimer on the inside and Rossi on the outside and I was just sandwiched between them..."
The nomination for GP2 in Bahrain was once more an even more extreme selection than the compounds chosen for Formula One.
Racing Engineering car made contact with the nose of the Caterham car of Rossi causing damage to the sidepod and the turning vane.
Jolyon Palmer was due to start in third position thanks to the championship’s reverse grid system but he stalled his car on the green flag lap which forced him to start at the back of the field.
Jolyon topped the pre-season testing in Jerez last month.
The GP2 Series teams will move to Barcelona next week for their final presason test days.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, GP2 Corresondent