The 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion joined the team at the start of this season after one year in a similar role at Sauber. He already has experience in the Leafield-based outfit’s 2014 car after completing two days of running during winter testing.
He will also drive the CT05 on one of the two in-season test days at the Bahrain International Circuit. “I’m excited about being back in the car for my first FP1 of the 2014 season with Caterham, especially as I already have experience of the car at Bahrain from the day I did in the pre-season tests,” he said.
“It’ll be interesting to see how much progress we’ve made across the whole car since I last drove it, but my focus will be on helping the team prepare for the race weekend, something I know I can add value to, assuming we have a problem-free session.”
The Dutch driver added: “After the race weekend we’re staying on for the first of the in-season tests and I’m doing one of the two days of that test. Obviously that’s a different proposition to an FP1 – quite a lot less pressure, more time on track and a much bigger runplan, but it’s still really important to approach that day with the same focus and determination to do as well as I can for the team.
“It’s another chance for me to continue to learn as much as I can about operating efficiently with the team on track, building on the work I’ve been doing with them in the simulator back at Leafield, and I can’t wait to get back to work.”
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