Friday’s opening practice session at this weekend’s British Grand Prix will see a battle – of sorts – between the Netherlands’ two aspiring Formula 1 drivers. The Sauber and Caterham F1 teams have both announced that their respective reserve drivers, Giedo van der Garde and Robin Frijns, will be on duty.

Van der Garde will take over the controls of Adrian Sutil’s car for Friday morning’s 90-minute hit-out, while Frijns will drive the Caterham of Kamui Kobayashi.

“It has been a while since I was in the car. The last time was at the test in Barcelona almost two months ago,” van der Garde of his upcoming drive. “I  have to get back into the game, and I am looking forward to jumping into the car again.”

Frijns was equally optimistic, with this outing marking his first behind the wheel of the CT05 since the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.

“I’m excited about getting back in the cockpit and helping us make some progress again, and seeing how the car has developed since early April,” last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 champion added.

Van der Garde will also have a further day of driving duties in the two-day in-season test immediately following this weekend’s race at Silverstone on July 8-9; he will drive on the final day after Sutil completes his program on Day 1.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.