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."