Frijns joins Caterham as reserve driver

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Robin Frijns has joined Caterham as the team's official test and reserve driver.

Frijns won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2012 and participated in selected GP2 rounds in 2013.

He also acted as Sauber's reserve driver for a period in 2013 and took part in the young driver test at Silverstone.

Frijns will join Alexander Rossi at the team, as the American continues in the role he occuped in 2013.

"I am more than happy that Caterham and Renault have given me the chance to be in Formula 1 in 2014," said Frijns.

"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."

"There are many good reasons to believe that Caterham will be moving up the grid in the next few years and I feel that every member of the team is strongly committed and really working hard to make that happen."

"Also, when I visited the factory for the first time, I saw that the working atmosphere in Leafield is very positive, which gave me a good feeling right away. My personal goal for this season is to help the team as much I can and also gain valuable experience to make sure that I can establish myself in the team and in F1. I am sure that we will have many great years together."

Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul says that Frijns impressed with his raw pace.

"He has raw pace and impressed our engineers enormously with the sessions he’s completed in our simulator – put simply, he has the talent to go right to the top of our sport," he said.

"He will be our Reserve at all races where Alexander is focused on GP2 and 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."

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