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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  • The Pessimist

    “but in the end we decided to be cautious” cut the crap Tony why don’t you admit that you are greedy for $$$.

  • captain tortuga

    what pessimist said… if you want to be cautious, you don’t put an underperforming sweed in your in soapbox of course :D

  • Hawk

    @The Pessimist and Captain
    by being cautious Tony meant that they opted for Kamui’s experience, regardless of his performance, to Frijn’s promise. this is especially bse of 2014 new regulations.

    Marcus with his $$ signs was already a done deal, confirmed, so it had to be between Kamui and Frijns

  • RBC

    Marcus might have a performance clause in his contract and if he is too slow he will be ditched for Frijns.

  • StevetheGreat

    Frijns would have been a better choice than Kobayashi. Hardly matters though, no consistency with the drivers and Fernandes’s vague threats are hardly going to propel this team up the grid.

    I hope the new owners fair better and bring a serious commitment to F1 unlike the current owners.

  • Badass Tony Fernandes

    Maybe Tony Fernandes should rather think about how he promised Heikki Kovalainen to give him the cockpit all off-season long and then was to cowardly to tell him into his face he was not going to keep his promise, at all.

  • Badman Jose

    “He has already made a big impression on our engineers during his hours in the simulator.”

    I bet he is super at video games. Well he has the cash $$$ I can see no reason why he should not be your #1 driver.
    Say what happened to Kovalainen for some reason I figured he
    was your or guy.
    Tony baby you’re..Nuts!