Alexander Rossi tested at the official young driver Formula 1 test in Jerez, Spain on December 1, 2009. Rossi tested with BMW Sauber F1 Team as official test driver for the event, driving the BMW F109. The test was awarded to him for winning the 2008 Formula BMW World Championship in Mexico City.
Rossi was quickest in the morning amongst eighteen drivers and nine Formula 1 teams. Alexander immediately showed his confidence with the step to Formula 1. Rossi logged 85 flawless laps, 385 kilometers and 8 sets of new prime Bridgestone tires.
In addition to prime set-ups in the morning, Rossi performed Aero testing for the 2010 Sauber F1 program, running moderate fuel loads and various front and rear wing combinations.
This test enabling him to become the only American to qualify for a Formula 1 Super License and is the youngest in history at just 18 years of age.
″Alexander did a good job today. He made no mistakes and got straight down to business. I spent most of the day driving around the outside of the circuit watching him and he showed a lot of confidence in the car.″
BMW Sauber F1 Team Manager
″We were very impressed with Alexander today. He got down to a competitive lap time very quickly and his feedback was good. He didn't make a mistake and by the afternoon it felt like a normal test day and he did not give us the impression as a rookie. He was able to help us with some aerodynamic work as well, so it was a useful day for the team.″
BMW Sauber F1 Team Test Engineer