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Frustrated Frijns eyeing GP2?

Robin Frijns is rumoured to be looking for a late deal in GP2 to keep his hand in while waiting for an opening at Sauber.
Sauber reserve Robin Frijns is understood to be exploring opportunities in the GP2 Series after being told that he is unlikely to get much track action with the F1 team.

The Dutchman has already expressed his frustration at not being afforded the opportunity to take part in pre-season testing [ see separate story], but is being encouraged by Sauber to keep his hand in by finding a race seat in another series.

“As far as I understand, some quotes were taken out of context,” team owner Peter Sauber told Germany's Speed Week, “From our side, it was clear from the outset that [Frijns] will not be driving on Fridays.

“But, at the same time, it is absolutely in our interest that he races in 2013, simply to stay fresh as a race driver. This is being worked on.”

Having conquered the World Series by Renault in his debut season last year, Frijns doesn't have too many options open for 2013. He had hoped to combine his limited F1 opportunities with a ride in the DTM, but those doors now appear to have closed, leaving the GP2 Series as his only viable outlet.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has already hinted that Frijns may be looking in that direction, despite several leading teams having already sewn up their pairings for 2013.

"The development for young drivers is a real problem, and the best thing for each team would be to give every reserve driver at least one go on a Friday," she told Switzerland's Blick newspaper, "Robin is still young - he said what he said, but he is also irritated because he has not yet found a place in GP2 for this season."

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JJJ - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 3:35 PM

I would applaud him for putting his now stellar reputation on the line (2010 FBMW champion, 2011 FR 2.0 champion, 2012 WSBR champion) in an attempt to conquer GP2 but I also understand it poses a risk if he gets stuck with the wrong team and is unable to do well (enough). Even the biggest talent won't be winning in GP2 with one of the backmarker teams, despite the cars technically 'being equal'. You see with a guy like Bottas that it's possible to shun GP2 and still make it to F1. Still, I do personally think that every aspiring F1 driver should be willing to prove his talents in GP2 and not shy away from it. I'm sure that at least the new Dutch GP2 team would be willing to employ him but without experience that team will have a rough time this year in all likelihood.

golden oldie - Unregistered

February 14, 2013 9:18 AM

You are right in your comment, but then every F1 team manager knows that succes in any series, if it is GP2, GP3, FR3.5 tec. will depend on the capacities of the team that the driver is racing with! But a real good driver will be able to let a lesser team make progress due to the feed back given by him! Look what progress GVDG managed last year with the CaterhamGP2 outfit!

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