F1 » Frijns frustrated at lack of Jerez role


WSbR champion Robin Frijns fears a quiet season after being told that he is unlikely to get much testing time with Sauber.

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Dan - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 11:08 AM

I don't completely get his problem. Yeh it's frustrating not to be racing, especially being young and trying to get a race seat in F1. BUT how many reserve/third drivers do the pre season testing? And I think everyone who knows something about F1 knows Sauber don't have a simulator... Surely he knew he was going to spend most of the time on the sidelines not doing much F1 related driving. If he doesn't like it why did he sign with them?? It's young drivers like him that annoy me, they get into F1 and expect to be driving all the time when if you look back at other third drivers, they don't do much in the car. It's part of the job really

stevyweavy - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 12:05 PM

Dan - I suppose it depends whether he is bringing sponsorship to the team and then is still not expected to get any F1 driving experience - presumably his sponsors would not be that happy. Also a year out of any form of racing is a long time. If they are paying for him then he just has to accept that is the way it is.

Dan - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 1:15 PM

stevyweavy - True, I didn't think about the sponsorship side of it and I know a year is a long time and very frustrating. It's expected really that you won't get that much in car time. Especially at Sauber with no simulator. It just seems a bit kinda arrogant to expect to be in the car pre season at least. They have 2 new drivers (technically one I suppose) so they need the track time

JJJ - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 2:37 PM

Eventhough I'm Dutch and would therefore like to see him get more tracktime I kinda have to agree with most sentiments above: he should know what he signed on for.

That said, it's easy to imagine he had hoped for more of course and also it's possible more is made out of his statements than there is to it. He seems a pretty open and honest (perhaps naive) guy so he probably matter-of-factly said these things and then it's made out to be whining.

As for sponsors I don't think he brings that much (if anything). His early carreer was bankrolled by his father's company but that's not a never ending source in his case, much of last year's WSBR campaign was funded by winning Eurocup 2.0 the year before. I think he can't afford to linger in WSBR/GP2 for years.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 2:47 PM

...If he had millions to spend I'm sure he'd already be confirmed at a good team in GP2 by now.

Maybe if Giedo misses out on what is thought to be his last chance at F1 at Caterham this year it may be a bit of good fortune for Frijns as some of the usual suspects among Dutch companies to sponsor racing may switch their allegience/increase their scope to him (eventhough as is well reported Giedo has family relations with some of these sponsors but McGregor and TW Steel for instance also support other Dutch drivers).

SevenKefes - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 3:15 PM

He should have taken advantage of the opportunity Red Bull gave him and joined their driver programme. Now he has been lamenting this situation he got himself into.

golden oldie - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 8:37 AM

Perhaps he is too open in his comments!
On the other hand don't we prefer a guy who gives his opinion instead of kissing the a..es of the people who are in charge!

As far as signing for Sauber, this wasn't entirely his decision, but was taken together with his manager Werner Heinz, who certainly isn't a newcomer in the F1 world.
Well let's see what the future brings to him.
You never know, imagine for example that 1 of the Sauber drivers for some reason is prevented to participate in a race?

@ richard
What do you mean with your remark that Jules is safe?

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