Frijns “concentrating fully” on Caterham role
New Caterham test and reserve driver, Robin Frijns, says he is concentrating fully on his role with the team and won’t seek out a race seat in another category.
The Dutchman contested a partial GP2 program last season with Hilmer Motorsport, taking a win during his debut race weekend in the series. This coincided with his role as reserve driver at Sauber, though he never had the chance to drive the car other than in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone.
The 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion said when asked, by AUTOSPORT, if he would race anywhere else this season: “I’m concentrating fully on my test role for Caterham.
“So I will do a few FP1s and try to help the team as much as I can.”
Frijns got his first taste of 2014 F1 machinery when he tested for Caterham in the first preseason in Jerez, though he didn’t manage any flying laps thanks to Renault’s problems. Nevertheless, Frijns praised the team for their work despite the lack of running.
“I had some fun even though there wasn’t a lot of running. They worked hard.”
Caterham has also retained American, Alexander Rossi, as test and reserve driver for 2014. He will contest some FP1 sessions as well as a full GP2 campaign after a highly successful end to last season when he won the feature race in Abu Dhabi. Rio Haryanto will partner Rossi at Caterham for GP2 in 2014, as well.
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