Caterham considered Frijns for race seat
27 January 2014 – Caterham has revealed that it considered handing Robin Frijns a race seat for the 2014 F1 season.
The 22-year-old Dutchman, who won the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 title, will act as one of the Leafield-based team's test and reserve drivers this season, and has already impressed during selected simulator outings.
And although the outfit ultimately opted for Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as its race drivers, team owner Tony Fernandes says he was close to placing his faith in Frijns.
"Robin is the most exciting young driver," said Fernandes, who has entrusted Frijns with a day of running at this week's Jerez test. "We think he has a huge future ahead and we hope we have a long relationship with him.
"There was a lot of debate about bringing him in straight away, and we erred a little bit on the side of caution. We thought we would be a little bit conservative in giving him time to get used to F1 and all the other changes."
Ericsson will drive on the first two days of the Jerez test, with Frijns and Kobayashi sharing the final two days.