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Gutierrez and Frijns to test for Sauber

ESPN Staff
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Esteban Gutierrez is Sauber's reserve driver and is being tipped for a race drive next season © Sutton Images

Sauber will run Esteban Gutierrez and Robin Frijns at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi next month.

Gutierrez is the team's reserve driver and has been tipped as a possible replacement for Sergio Perez next year. He has taken part in three F1 tests for Sauber over the last three years and finished third in this year's GP2 championship.

It will be Frijns first outing in a Formula One car and comes after an impressive debut season for the Dutchman in the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series. Frijns is currently second in the championship, five points off championship leader and Ferrari development driver Jules Bianchi, with the final round taking place this weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Sauber is one of six teams that will take to the Yas Marina Circuit after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the three day Young Driver Test, after Marussia, HRT, Williams, Mercedes, Force India and Ferrari all completed their tests at Silverstone and Magny-Cours earlier this year.