This comes as no major surprise, but Caterham reserve driver Robin Frijns has now officially parted way with the team.
He confirmed the news via social media this morning.
Frijns began the year as third driver behind race drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi, with many regretting the fact the talented young Dutch driver did not have the necessary funding to garner a race seat opportunity.
Still, he made some good strides in preseason testing at Bahrain and had two free practice one appearances, at Bahrain and Silverstone.
But from the time Caterham’s ownership changed hands midseason, Frijns was then out of the frame entirely.
Andre Lotterer and Will Stevens each made their Grand Prix debuts, with Roberto Merhi also getting a handful of drives in FP1.
Frijns is considered by many to be one of the top talents who has yet to make his GP debut, but there do not seem to be any opportunities for him to do so next year unless he finds another reserve role.
Ryan Norman will return to Andretti Autosport for their third season together in 2019 after scoring his first win and first pole with that organization in 2018.
“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman in a press release. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”
Norman finished 2018 fourth in the championship, earning his first career win in race 15 of the 17-race schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.
Norman’s first pole came in the finale at Portland International Raceway in September, but he crashed on the first lap and finished last (8th).
“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”
Norman will essentially replace teammates Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, who will race for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar next season. O’Ward finished first in the Indy Lights standings last year; Herta finished second.
Norman’s 2019 campaign will begin on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida March 9, 2019. That will be the first of a double-header with Race 2 running the following day.