Rossi 4th Overall in GP3 Championship
Monza, Italy - September 14, 2010 - Monza weekend brought the ultra-competitive GP3 Championship season to a close. For America's Alexander Rossi, he celebrated 4th overall in driver's standings, two wins in Barcelona and Budapest and three podiums while assisting his team, ART Grand Prix with the inaugural GP3 Team Championship. These statistics continued to underline Rossi's potential and his pursuit to Formula 1.
"As a competitor and driver, my ambition is to win," said Rossi after Monza. "Of course I would have liked to win the Drivers's Championship, but you cannot have everything all the time. I have a lot to look forward to and many successes from this year to build from. Additionally, I take with me many other important aspects from this season that will benefit me down the road. It was a privilege to drive for ART Grand Prix and work with such a championship caliber team."
In addition to finishing 4th overall in the championship, Rossi had 81 overtakes in the inaugural GP3 season. Known for his racecraft and exciting driving style, he was able to showcase his abilities in 2010 GP3 season, while learning many of the Formula 1 circuits. "For one reason or another I started races further back than we'd hoped," Rossi continued. "The flip side to this is that it allowed me to show my abilities to race and overtake in places where others might not. I have a lot of confidence racing close and in traffic, while working the next move."
"ART Grand Prix is delighted to have won the inaugural GP3 Team and Driver Championships, and, although the Driver's title went to Esteban, Alexander played a vital role in terms of his technical input and his results on the circuit," said ART Grand Prix Team Director, Nicolas Todt. "Two wins and three podiums mark him out as a driver with great potential, and he was particularly impressive in traffic, most notably at Barcelona, where he carved through the field and converted this into a win on Sunday, and at Spa, where he finished second after starting 13th. A run of different problems unfortunately kept Alexander out of qualifying contention for much of the season but he was always ready to maximize his chances in race conditions."
"While this year did not satisfy all of my expecations, I'm thankful to the entire GP3 organization for delivering such a competitive and preparatory championship as I pursue Formula 1. Throughtout the year I was able to develop many fantastic relationships and this is incredibly important as I move forward in my career."
Monza, where the championship finally came to a close, was not the best luck for Rossi. From practice onward, an innate pace seemed to be lacking. Starting 28th on the grid for race one, he was immediately caught up in an incident that could not be avoided when the car directly in front of him failed to get off the line. On Sunday, Rossi started again at the wrong end of the grid, 30th, and worked his way up through traffic to 15th before the checkered flag.
Alexander and his management are busy putting together his plans for 2011, with many considerable options. "After my F1 test with BMW Sauber in Jerez in 2009, I want more, preferably as soon as possible," Rossi continued. "I was on pace and confident in that test straight away. I know that I can meet the expectations put in front of me and deliver when given the opportunity. Right now we're looking at some really exciting options for 2011, that we'll be announcing soon."