Formula 1

Caterham reserve set for the top of F1, claims boss

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Newly announced Caterham reserve Robin Frijns has been hailed as one of Formula 1's future stars by his new bosses.

The Dutchman, who won the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 series, has had a difficult task of making it into motorsport's top series, after being drafted in as Sauber reserve last year, he was dumped as financial struggles hit the team, however, following a few GP2 appearances he is back in the sport.

"Robin has the pure speed," team boss Cyril Abiteboul is quoted by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "He has already made a big impression on our engineers during his hours in the simulator.

"Robin definitely has the talent to advance to the top of our sport."

That sentiment is shared with Caterham owner Tony Fernandes who admitted Frijns was considered for a race seat this season.

The Malaysian entrepreneur described Frijns as "the most exciting young driver out there at the moment" though asked why he held back from giving him a seat he said "in the end we decided to be cautious".

Meanwhile as the 22-year-old settles in at Caterham another young test driver's position has been confirmed.

After former Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde was confirmed as Sauber's new "test and reserve driver" questions were asked over 19-year-old Russian Sergey Sirotkin's place.

However, the Swiss team has confirmed he is still with the team.

"Sergey is test driver, Giedo is test and reserve driver," a spokesman said.

This means in the case of one of the current race drivers, Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez, are unable to race then Van der Garde would be first in line to take their place

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