Frijns set for Friday FP1 role with Caterham

Robin Frijns

Robin Frijns

Highly rated Robin Frijns appears set to secure a role in the Formula 1 paddock for 2014.

The only remaining vacancies on next year’s grid are at Caterham, but the green-coloured team looks set to sign former Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, and Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson.

That would be bad news for Caterham’s existing race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, who in that scenario would be locked out of Formula 1 for now.

For Dutchman Frijns, however, Caterham could be his Formula 1 lifelife, after the highly-rated 23-year-old lost his reserve seat at Sauber last year amid the Swiss team’s financial troubles.

The Dutch newspaper Dagblad de Limburger reports that Frijns has “almost certainly” secured the Caterham reserve seat for 2014.

The report cited sources “close to the team and the driver”, confirming that the deal is “almost complete”.

With his reserve role, Frijns will reportedly get 16 guaranteed days at the wheel of Caterham’s 2014 car – eight on Friday mornings and eight additional test days.

Dagblad added that Frijns’ debut will be at Jerez later this month, followed by more running in Bahrain ahead of the start of the 2014 season.

Frijns would not confirm the news.

“We are working on options for 2014, and of course Formula 1 is a part of this,” he is quoted by Speed Week. (GMM)

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  • captain tortuga

    16 outtings! wow! tht would be great news, for the greatest potential talent of this era!

    Lets not forget that until last year (which put a bit a break on his career-momemntum) He scored more titles, and more prestigious titles than Vettel had at the same point in his career.

    It is a total disgrace that this kid is driving friday-outtings, while he would wipe the floor with Kimi, and such.

    I follow this for some time now, and yes i am Dutch too, but thisis the first time that even the foreign media are only talking praise about this kid, and evry single tim ehe proves his value and speed.

    =word=

  • SteveisGreat

    Another top driver being passed over so Medion can keep Sutil losing in F1 for another year…

  • The Pessimist

    Caterham seem to have finally realized their folly of auctioning seats to the highest bidder,their choice of Kamui and Frijns (albeit for the third seat) is commendable and these are drivers who can extract maximum performance and would put the car where it does not belong.I’m glad VDG is not on the grid this season and as everyone knows he was in F1 solely due to Marcel Boekhoorn’s financial backing and Marcel’s plan to buy a seat for his son in law by throwing huge sums of money failed miserably as Force India, Sauber, Caterham and even Marussia refused his cash and rightly so since VDG is not good enough to be in F1.

  • captain tortuga

    @pessimist : I think Guido deserved his chance in F1. Let’s not foret that Malfunctionado, secured a ‘top-tier-seat’ only due to his money, and even though i don’t rate v/d Garde a potential WDC for F1, i’m convinced that he is faster than Crashtor, not only that, also that he brings more knowlegde, and that he is more careful with the materials given to him.

    Also i think a driver like Guido, being 28 does not care that much, he made his goal.. Drive a season F1. Most drivers i hope a realistic enough to understand that Formula is not a holy grail, it is a highly politically influenced sport, where talent is of inferior importance. (hence the fact that we dont have 22 Vettel/Alonso’s/etc on the grid. It should not be that hard to find a kid that has more speed than those guys,should it?

    Also it must be said that the seond of the season was very strong for Guido, and for sure in the second half he outperformed his temmate who has a surplus of experience compared to him.

    So in resume, i think there are better drivers on the market than Guido, but there are also worse drivers on the GRID! (Chilton, Crashtor, are already confirmed for next year, and the only reason they have a seat is a very healthy check. Anyway im sure that Frijns will make people look his way again, as soon as he sits down in an F1 car again. So many people, including experts and drivers have publicly said that this Frijns is the next-gen-Vettel.. i can only hope!

    Go Robin!

  • RBC

    Go Robin Frijns. This guy can drive!