Jan Lammers is tipping fellow Dutchman Robin Frijns to go all the way after he shone in last week's Abu Dhabi young driver test.
Frijns, who won the Formula Renault 3.5 series this season, tested for both Red Bull Racing and Sauber, and with rumours of a deal with the latter on the horizon, Lammers added that he 21-year-old has definitely done enough to deserve a chance at the pinnacle of the sport.
“Everything about Robin impresses me,” Lammers told Sniffer Media
. “He has a really nice combination of fearlessness and determination. There is something fresh and different about him. He doesn't seem to be phased by anything at all.
“He's talented and he has the ambition to succeed. This is the era of the intelligent driver and from what I see; Robin certainly has the mental strength to do a really good job in F1.
“A team like Sauber is probably the ideal starting point for a driver. Look at Kimi [Raikkonen] and [Sergio] Perez and what they went on to achieve after being nurtured by Sauber.
“So far he is doing everything right. Winning titles and also doing a sensible job in his first F1 tests. He appears to have the X-factor that teams are looking for in F1. Robin has a very convincing talent and I really hope he succeeds.”
Meanwhile, the former Shadow, ATS, Ensign, Theodore and March driver, who made 23 starts himself in F1, warned that his fellow countryman will need to give the youngster time if he does break into F1.
“The Dutch are not easily satisfied. If we won the World Cup final in football we would still find something to criticise the team about! I hope he is given space if he makes it on to the F1 grid,” Lammers added.
“The time is right for a new talented Dutch F1 driver, we need a new spark and Robin looks like he could be exactly that.”