Caterham boss says that he considered Frijns for race seat

Robin Frijns (middle) with Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson

Robin Frijns (middle) with Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson

Caterham’s team boss Tony Fernandes has tipped its new reserve driver Robin Frijns to rise to the very top of Formula 1.

Dutchman Frijns’ Formula 1 career to date, however, has been a struggle, as although very highly rated he lost his similar role at Sauber last year amid the Swiss team’s financial troubles.

But he has been snapped up by Caterham for 2014, with team owner Fernandes admitting that 22-year-old rookie Frijns was even considered for a race seat.

“Robin has the pure speed,” Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul is quoted by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “He has already made a big impression on our engineers during his hours in the simulator.

“Robin definitely has the talent to advance to the top [level] of our sport.”

Team supremo Fernandes, meanwhile, called Frijns – the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion – “the most exciting young driver out there at the moment”.

He said that the Dutchman was considered for a race seat in 2014 “but in the end we decided to be cautious”. (GMM)

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