American joins Caterham for Spanish GP practice

Caterham says Alexander Rossi will drive in Spanish Grand Prix

practice this week to be the first American driver behind the wheel

of a Formula One car in five years.

The former Lotus team says Rossi will replace Heikki Kovalainen

for the first practice on Friday at the Catalunya Circuit outside


The 20-year-old Californian says his goal is ”not to make any

mistakes and learn as much as I can over the whole weekend as I

take the next step in my career.”

The last American to drive in F1 was Scott Speed for Toro Rosso

in 2007.