Frijns to drive for Caterham in Bahrain first practice

Frijns to drive for Caterham in Bahrain first practice

The Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that test and reserve driver Robin Frijns will replace Kamui Kobayashi for the opening practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.12219089195_91788ca183_c

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.”

Image courtesy of Caterham F1 Team

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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