Despite testing GP2 Series machinery this winter, Sauber test driver Robin Frijns looks unlikely to race this season, having apparently rejected offers to contest the opening double-header in Malaysia this weekend.
The Dutchman, snapped up by Sauber after winning the 2012 World Series by Renault as a rookie, tested with Trident and Russian Time during the pre-season sessions in Spain, and says that he was offered deals by several teams, but turned them down as he felt that none offered the opportunity he was looking for.
With the majority of leading seats already filled, the 21-year old felt that he would be running further down the field than he would have liked, but also admitted that he had yet to find the funds to ensure that he could complete the entire season.
“We do it right or not at all,” Frijns told Holland's De Telegraaf
newspaper as he geared up for his reserve role with the Sauber team in Malaysia, “I am staying positive and want to prepare as best I can for F1. The focus is now completely on the test job with Sauber.”