Alexander Rossi out at Caterham

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Alexander Rossi out at Caterham
By: GMM
Jul 16, 2014, 10:24 AM

22-year-old Californian Rossi was a test and occasional Friday driver.

Christian Albers, Caterham F1 Team, Team Manager
Julian Leal, Caterham CT05 Test Driver
Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Reserve Driver
Alexander Rossi, Caterham CT05 Reserve Driver
Will Stevens, Caterham CT05 Test Driver
Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05
Will Stevens, Caterham CT05 Test Driver
Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham F1 Team during pitstop
Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Reserve Driver

Jul.16 (GMM) Alexander Rossi is just one of many departures at Caterham this week.

22-year-old Californian Rossi was a test and occasional Friday driver for the Tony Fernandes-founded team, which has been taken over by investors and is now headed by Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers.

The last driver I sacked out of Formula One was Christijan Albers. And he's my team principal.

Colin Kolles

Kolles warned immediately that the Leafield based team's 300-strong workforce could be shrunk by a third.

"Sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions," he told Reuters.

Indeed, it is believed many staff members were told on Monday and Tuesday that they are redundant.

Another departure, it became clear on Wednesday, is Rossi, who also drove for Caterham's GP2 team
but will now not be in action this weekend at Hockenheim.

"Now it's time to move on," a statement on his Facebook page read on Wednesday.

"My goal is to be in F1 and add value to the sport and I'm very optimistic about my next steps; we have a great opportunity to grow the sport in the States and I believe the timing is perfect," Rossi added.

For the moment, it is believed Caterham's race drivers - Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson - are safe at least for the forthcoming Hockenheim-Hungary double header.

But Kolles indicated there could be more changes coming.

"The last driver I sacked out of Formula One was Christijan Albers," he said. "And he's my team principal. This should give you a taste of how I deal with people."

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