Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2013:
4. Robin Frijns
August 7, 1991
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position:
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2012 position:
The 22-year-old Dutch driver is probably the clearest example of the financial problems buffeting GP2 teams in the current economic climate. Despite being the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion and this year's test and reserve driver for the Sauber F1 team, Robin Frijns missed the first weekend in 2013 while the various deals were put together to get him in the Hilmer #22. When he finally did make his debut, a nondescript outing at Bahrain was followed by a stellar weekend at Catalunya which saw him clinch victory in the feature race and second in the sprint. But a few weeks later things started to unravel and Frijns was abruptly ejected from the race seat for Hungary in place of the better-funded Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. He made a one-off return at Spa when Jon Lancaster's own funding hit a temporary snag, but that was it for Frijns: being a champion and proven race winner apparently just isn't enough to get a race seat in GP2 anymore.
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Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:
5. Alexander Rossi
6. James Calado
7. Jolyon Palmer
8. Mitch Evans
10. Marcus Ericsson