The new manager of Robin Frijns has tipped the Dutch racer to make his mark in F1 and enjoy a 'long and successful career' in the sport.
Frijns previously held the role of test driver with Sauber before bring dropped mid-way through the 2013 season, with the team electing not to take up the option it had on his services for 2014.
Despite that, the former Formula Renault
3.5 champion remains focused on trying to secure a role for the year ahead, and signed a new management deal last week with Timo Gans, who insisted his new client has the skills required to make it to the top.
“I totally think so," he told GPUpdate
when asked if the 22-year-old has what it takes. "If you take a look at his track record, what he did in the junior series, that was really amazing.
"There are not many drivers in the past ten years who have been similarly successful compared to Robin. Maybe Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg and Nico Rosberg. Maybe these four drivers. But if you have a look at these four drivers, these are the guys who are now showing a great performance in Formula 1.
"I think Robin is equally talented, so I'm very optimistic he can have a long and successful career in Formula 1, but I cannot give you any team names or details about the ongoing negotiations."
Frijns has been linked with Caterham, although reports in Italy suggest that the team has decided on Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson for 2014
- although it has so far denied any speculation on its line-up.