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Frijns set for GP2 test at Jerez

Sauber F1's third driver Robin Frijns is to participate in next week's GP2 Series pre-season test session at Jerez with Trident Racing.
Dutch driver Robin Frijns took a step closer to a possible season in the GP2 feeder series with the announcement that he will be one of the two drivers turning out for Trident Racing at next week's pre-season test at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain.

"Today there is some small news coming up!" Frijns teased earlier on Friday on his Twitter feed. Once the news was announced, he added: "Going to test GP2 with Trident next week in Jerez! For 3 days! Looking forward to be back in the car again! Its been too long...."

The 23-year-old was recently signed up by the Sauber F1 team as their third driver for test and development duties, and it's been rumoured for sometime that the team have been looking for a suitable race seat for the World Series by Renault competitor to keep him race-ready and allow him to continue to develop his racing skills.

The GP2 Series, with its strong links to the Grand Prix paddock, would be the ideal championship for him, as demonstrated by new Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez getting his F1 shot after two seasons in GP2 in 2011 and 2012.

It will be Frijns' first taste of GP2 hardware. He's previously opted to stick to BMW and Renault championships, winning the Formula BMW Europe title in 2010 before going on to clinch the 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title the following year.

In 2012 he found still more title success by winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Fortec Motorsport, in a season that saw him take three wins and four pole positions over the course of 17 races and which persuaded Sauber to call him up to work with the F1 squad in 2013.

At next week's GP2 test, Frijns will be partnered by Nathanael Berthon who comes with more experience in the feeder series after a full season competing with Racing Engineering in 2012. The 23-year-old Frenchman had a fairly typical rookie year in GP2 and finished in 12th place in the drivers standings, with two podium finishes to his name.

In announcing their selection of test drivers for next week's session, Trident Racing did not give any hints as to whether either Frijns or Berthon were in with a real chance of taking a full time race seat for the start of the 2013 GP2 Series season, which gets underway as a support race to the F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit on March 23-24.

Before that, there will be a second three-day test session for the GP2 teams to be held at the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona, Spain between March 5-7.

At the most recent past test sessions - held at the end of last year after the conclusion of the championship in 2012 - Trident tested Marcus Ericsson, St├ęphane Richelmi, Julian Leal and Sergio Canamasas. Ericsson and Leal have since signed to race with DAMS, while Leal has taken over Berthon's spot at Racing Engineering.

This will be Berthon's first test opportunity since the end of the 2012 season.



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Nathanael Berthon (FRA, Racing Engineering) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. 29th July 2012. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) during day 3 of GP2 testing at Jerez. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service]
Robin Frijns - Sauber
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Cars line up on the grid for the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering), Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win in parc ferme. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), celebrates on the podium with Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and 4. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) leads Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) celebrates on the podium with Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) crashes into a wall. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) crosses the line to take the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Race One Press Conference. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

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