In My Own Words
A Blog By Alexander Rossi
|Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:12AM
It’s been a while since we last spoke! I apologize for not being in touch over the winter, but I spent my time after the F1 Young Driver’s Test in Abu Dhabi back in California with my family and it was a brilliant time to be able to reset everything in order to be completely refreshed for a new attack on the 2012 World Series by Renault season. I spent some time up in Alaska with friends and also had a couple of trips to New York and Las Vegas for sponsorship meetings as well as a bit of fun. With that being said, the off-season did seem to go on for quite a while and when I returned back to England in February 2012, I was really anxious to get back in a racecar.
Having signed with the newly formed Arden...
|Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:49AM
The last FIA Institute YDEA workshop in Teesdorf, Austria was this past week. It was one of the most eye-opening we’ve had to date and fitting as it not only brought a close to the inaugural year of the academy, but it also certified all participants as an FIA “Road Safety Trainers.”
Watching and learning about the dangers of driving on the road and the many common mistakes that are made daily by all of us was good to learn from this perspective. It motivated me to make a difference as a driver in motorsport to encourage safe driving and better education for young drivers on the road.
I am very thankful to everyone at the FIA Institute as they have entrusted me to be an ambassador for the sport and safety. I would...
|Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1:02AM
My dear friends,
I write this blog with a heavy heart as I head to Barcelona, as motorsport has lost a champion and I have lost a fellow racer and someone that I deeply admired and looked up to. Dan Wheldon was an inspiration to many on and off track and while he passed on doing what he loved, one can’t help but feel a sense of apprehension about this sport that we have all come to know and cherish. The past twenty-four hours have been a true eye-opener for me as the realization that motorsport is still dangerous and the drivers are not invincible becomes clear in the most tragic of circumstances. As we continue to push forward chasing perfection and continually finding the limits of speed and performance, the memory of Dan and...
|Wednesday, September 07, 2011 11:22AM
I just finished touring the Renault F1 factory with a group of fellow WSR drivers and during our time there, we worked on some media training and fitness, which was good fun. It’s always a pleasure to be able to spend time with and work with the drivers outside of the race environment as you get to know each of them on a personal level and well, we definitely had some good laughs. Jean-Eric Vergne and I had a sauna competition, which then led into discovering new, but fairly less practical uses for croquet bats and balls. While this was all good fun, it was also fantastic to be able to witness a factory of that caliber working flat out in preparation of the final run in the F1 season.
Now, at the last update, the...
|Sunday, August 07, 2011 10:59PM
The latest FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy workshop in Grossdölln, Germany this week was quite a bit of fun. We spent most of the camp in the M3's again learning different car control techniques on difficult and always changing surfaces.
On top of that we focussed on high speed lap time competition, which was fantastic as I felt as though I was in an element where I could shine above the rally drivers! That said, when I was riding alongside a rally driver, it was invaluable to learn some different forms of driving and was quite cool to see their massive ability behind the wheel.
We did some serious ″Rocky-like″ training running through the woods, lifting logs, jumping into the lake - which was great for...
|Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:58AM
When we last spoke I was doing my best to recover from the disappointment of what looked to be a very promising weekend in Monaco. It was my second DNF in two years and while this took me a bit to overcome mentally, I look back on the entire event and week with high regard as we were massively competitive and at the same time it was the first event that I got to work trackside in my development role with Team Lotus.
As you can imagine, our hopes were extremely high going into Nurburgring as we looked to fight back and retrieve our position back at the sharp end of the point standings. What was about to occur through this event was unexpected by all and truly ended up being the worst weekend and quite possibly the low...
|Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:20AM
Just got back to my place in Italy for what seems like the first time since February! As you know from my last couple of blogs, the schedule has been quite jam-packed and only now does it show a bit of reprieve over the next couple of months. While it has been massively busy, I have very much enjoyed the year thus far and look forward to what the future has in store. While we are approaching the halfway point to the championship, there is still a lot to be done and accomplished by season’s close in October.
My journey after Spa began with the next race at the “Cathedral of Speed” in Monza, Italy. This is for sure the fastest circuit on the calendar and while I have some experience there in GP3, I was...
|Thursday, May 05, 2011 3:06AM
It has been a whirlwind set of weeks since World Series by Renault pre-season testing finished in March combined with my FIA Institute and Air Asia Team Lotus Driver Development Program duties.
As you all know, I’m competing in World Series by Renault this year with Fortec Motorsports and our goal is to simply win the championship.
Before I get into the first two events and giving you my feelings of the outcomes, let me first update you on a bit of very exciting news that came about at the beginning of April. I was announced as one of the drivers for the Air Asia Team Lotus Driver Development Program. This was announced the weekend before the Formula One event in Malaysia at the countries capital in Putrajaya...
|Monday, March 07, 2011 10:07AM
March 3-4th, 2011 - Alexander Rossi was invited by INTEL to the iRacing.com
Intel GP Series World Final at CeBIT (the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions) in Hannover, Germany, to crown the world's greatest sim racer.
The thirty-lap final race, in Star Mazdas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, was held as part of the Intel Extreme Masters tournament and attracted a huge crowd to the Intel Hall on Friday. The final capped a year-long competition attracting more than 7,500 iRacing members from around the world, with final 8 in a shoot-out for the World Final.
″It's the second time I've been to CeBIT with Intel, but I wasn't putting in any demo laps myself this time.″ Alexander...
|Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:49AM
I trust that you are all having a brilliant holiday season at home with your friends and family.
I returned to California at the beginning of December;, training, relaxing and preparing for race program in 2011. Before I get into the future, let me take you back a couple months and give you a brief recap as to what went on.
Once the GP3 season ended in Monza, we immediately focused our attention to 2011 and winter testing in order to best evaluate our options for next year. First on the agenda was a two-day test in Barcelona with our favorite Czech team, ISR Racing. During the two days we never feel below P3 and were consistently at the top of time sheets, which resulted in a continuation of post-season World...