Dutchman Robin Frijns was hoping, much like Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson, that in 2014 Caterham would finally make a step forward in F1 after bringing up the rear for several years. Unfortunately this year has proved to be a nightmare for the supremely talented Dutchman as he watched the Caterham team descend into farce as the season went on.
Earlier this week Frijns formally ended his relationship with the team for good, as the team faces an uncertain future, hoping to remain on the F1 grid next year. Frijns was the test and reserve driver for Caterham this year and had Free Practice runs in Bahrain and Britain, although he had limited running outside of these sessions.
Frijns commented on his departure from the team by stating "I'd like to say thank you and goodbye to all the people at Caterham, whom I have worked with over the past 12 months,I keep my fingers crossed that there will be a future for the team in Formula 1 in 2015 and beyond.Especially I'd like to thank former Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul whom I consider to be mainly responsible for giving me the chance to become a part of the team."
The next step is unclear for Frijns, who would likely prefer to remain in F1 next year, although this is largely dependent on bringing finance to teams which he simply doesn't have. Frijns has a hugely impressive CV including winning the Formula BMW Europe series in 2010, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011 and finally the World Series By Renault 3.5 series in his rookie year in 2012.
Robin Frijns is clearly a hugely talented young driver, the only thing that seems to be holding him back from an F1 seat is finance, which is systematic for a lot of driver recently. For Frijns the future remains unclear, although whether he remain in single seaters or changes to sportscar racing he will prove his undeniable talent whatever he races in the coming years.