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Asia: Alexander Rossi on joining Meritus Racing

ROSSI SIGNS with MERITUS for GP2 ASIA SERIES Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 27, 2010 - Alexander Rossi will contest the remaining rounds of the GP2 Asia Series with the championship winning team, Malaysia-QI-Meritus. The arrangement will ...

ROSSI SIGNS with MERITUS for GP2 ASIA SERIES

Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 27, 2010 - Alexander Rossi will contest the remaining rounds of the GP2 Asia Series with the championship winning team, Malaysia-QI-Meritus. The arrangement will partner 18-year-old American with former GP2 race winner Luca Filippi, as Alexander looks forward to a strong finish to the championship.

"I want to thank Peter Thompson, President and team founder of MalaysiaQI- MeritusMaharaGP.com and its chairman Raad S. Abduljawad for giving me the chance to compete for the rest of the season", Rossi commented. "I am very confident in the teams abilities to prepare a race winning car and I am looking forward to getting back to work in Abu Dhabi. My goals are simple - 'to win' and I feel that I can deliver on this ambition as this team is one of continual strength and determination."

Shortly after making his GP2 Asia series debut, Rossi travelled to Jerez, Spain where he participated in his Formula 1 test with BMW Sauber. After a flawless 85 lap official test, Alexander was more determined than ever to continue his pursuit in obtaining his ultimate goal of Formula 1. Partnering with Malaysia Qi Meritus for the remaining rounds of the GP2 Asia championship will further develop his abilities and experience enabling him to reach his goal.

"The GP2 cars are very enjoyable to drive but very physical at the same time" says Alexander. "In many ways they are more physical than F1 cars, which have the benefit of power steering. My training has been at a very high level

since last September, and the past month back home has been 6 days a week in preparation for 2010. I feel fantastic and I know that I am ready for the next GP2 race in Abu Dhabi. It will be the first time in my racing career that I've returned to a circuit twice with the same car, so I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do."

"I've been following Alexander's progress for the last couple of years," says Malaysia-QI-Meritus team principal Peter Thompson. "He impressed me with his speed in both Formula BMW and Formula Master, where he beat Earl Bamber, who's a guy we know and rate highly. He's got a great attitude, very focused and has a big future. I first made contact with Alexander in the adjacent pit garage at the first round of the GP2 Asia Series in Abu Dhabi, where he was racing for Ocean Racing Technology. Then several things just clicked together after that, as we spoke a lot. I'm delighted to have signed him!"

Alexander currently lies fifth in the GP2 Asia Championship, only two points out of second place after the opening two rounds driving for Ocean Racing Technology.

After Rounds 3 & 4 in Abu Dhabi, the Series will make a short trip across the Arabian Gulf to Bahrain, where the final four rounds of the championship take place at the Sakhir circuit. Alexander has not had an opportunity to race at the track, but he doesn't expect that to pose a problem.

"I am scheduled for a GP2 / Bahrain simulator in the U.K next month", says Alexander. "On top of this, I am very confident in my ability to learn new circuits quickly. We only have a 30 minute practice session prior to qualifying, so we will need to be on pace immediately in order to start dialing in the set-up of my car."

"The Malaysia-QI-Meritus team are very professional and they have some great engineers, so I'm very excited about driving for them. It will also be useful for me to be alongside Luca Filippi, who has so much experience. I have a lot of respect for him and I will try and pick up everything I can.

-source: alexander rossi press

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Series GP2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Alexander Rossi
Teams Sauber