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2014-01-15 12:34

ROOKIE DRIVER TO ENTER F1? Robin Frijns could beat one of Caterham’s drivers to a race seat in 2014, according to reports. Image: SAUBERF1TEAM

LONDON, England - Robin Frijns looks set to secure a role in the Formula 1 paddock for 2014.

The only remaining vacancies on 2014's grid are at Caterham but the green team seems set to sign former Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, and Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson.

That would be bad news for Caterham's existing race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, who in that scenario would be locked out of formula one for now.


For Dutchman Frijns, however, Caterham could be his F1 lifeline since the highly-rated 23-year-old lost his reserve seat at Sauber in 2013 amid the Swiss team's financial troubles. Now the Dutch newspaper Dagblad de Limburger reports that Frijns has "almost certainly" secured the Caterham race seat for 2014.

The report cited sources "close to the team and the driver" who said the deal was "almost complete".

With his reserve role, Frijns will reportedly get 16 guaranteed days at the wheel of Caterham's 2014 car - eight on Friday mornings and eight additional test days.

Dagblad de Limburger added that Frijns' debut would be at Jerez later in January 2014, followed by more running in Bahrain ahead of the start of the 2014 season.

Frijns would not confirm the news but was quoted by Speed Week as saying: "We are working on options for 2014, and of course formula one is a part of this," he is quoted by Speed Week.
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