Frijns can have long F1 career, says manager
17 January 2014 – Robin Frijns has the ability to forge a long career in Formula 1, claims his new manager, Timo Gans.
Gans, who heads up the ganscomm firm, announced on Thursday that he and Thilo Damm are to manage the sporting side of the Dutchman's career moving forward, with talks over a potential 2014 F1 driver role ongoing.
Comparing Frijns' talents to the likes of quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel and 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton, Gans is adamant that the 22-year-old, who won the Formula BMW Europe, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 titles in succession, has what it takes to reach the grid and ultimately succeed.
"Absolutely, absolutely. I totally think so," Gans told GPUpdate.net when asked if Frijns can enjoy a sizeable Formula 1 career. "If you take a look at his track record, what he did in the junior series, that was really amazing.
"There are not many drivers in the past ten years who have been similarly successful compared to Robin. Maybe Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg and Nico Rosberg. Maybe these four drivers. But if you have a look at these four drivers, these are the guys who are now showing a great performance in Formula 1.
"I think Robin is equally talented, so I'm very optimistic he can have a long and successful career in Formula 1, but I cannot give you any team names or details about the ongoing negotiations."
Caterham is the only team yet to announce its 2014 driver line-up, but it will do so before the first Jerez test.