Robin Frijns and Alexander Rossi have been confirmed as Caterham F1 Team’s official reserve drivers for 2014.
Dutchman Frijns joins Caterham in the wake of a low key season with Sauber, and is expected to make a number of FP1 appearances for the team during the course of the season.
Frijns said, “I am more than happy that Caterham and Renault have given me the chance to be in F1 in 2014. Nowadays it’s rare to find an F1 team that will put so much trust in a young driver like me, but during the negotiations I had a very strong feeling that the team really believes in me, which I couldn’t appreciate more! This was one of the main reasons why Caterham has been my number one priority for quite a while and I am so thankful that it worked out.”
Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul commented, “Robin is another new addition to our driver roster and he comes to us as one of the most highly rated talents around, he will have a number of F1 runs throughout the year, immersing him in the F1 team and helping him develop his understanding of what it takes to operate at the top level.”
Rossi, who is increasingly likely to be the next American driver in F1, will focus on the 2014 GP2 Series, after a season where he was the series’ best rookie, with the goal to win that Championship.
“I am pleased to be back with Caterham Racing for 2014 fighting for a GP2 Championship. As returning Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver my duties will continue with F1 outings, my role as simulator driver and on track Reserve for non-GP2 weekends. This is the perfect development for my future F1 race drive,” said Rossi.
Abiteboul added, “Alexander showed last year that he’s ready to make a push for the Championship, and we’re continuing his F1 development in 2014 by combining his GP2 commitments with another year as an F1 team Reserve Driver.”
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