The Netherlands’ two aspiring Formula 1 drivers will both get behind the wheel at this weekend’s Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Sauber and Caterham’s respective reserve drivers, Giedo van der Garde and Robin Frijns, will both drive in the opening free practice session on Friday afternoon.

Van der Garde, who raced last year for the Caterham team before switching to a reserve role with Sauber, will drive the team’s Ferrari-powered C33 in place of Esteban Gutiérrez. In addition to this, he will have a full day behind the wheel at the following two-day in-season Pirelli tyre test at the same circuit, with the Swiss team’s development driver, Sergey Sirotkin, getting the other day’s driving to qualifying for his F1 Super License.

Frijns will pilot Caterham’s CT05 for a third time in 2014 – following two pre-season test outings – in addition to more track time during the in-season tyre test on April 8-9.

The Dutchman announced the news via Twitter, and also attempted to get in on the April Fools Day act by claiming his car would be decked out in a special Dutch orange livery.

Images via Caterham F1 Team and Motorsport Intel

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