Robin Frijns

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Robin Frijns
Robin Frijns 2012-1.JPG
Frijns in 2012.
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Born (1991-08-07) 7 August 1991 (age 29)
Maastricht (Netherlands)
Blancpain Sprint Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
Car no. 1
Codriver Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Starts 14
Wins 5
Poles 2
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 2nd in 2015
Previous series
2013
2012
2011
201011
200910
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula BMW Europe
Championship titles
2012
2011
2010
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW Europe
Formula E career
Debut season 2015–16
Current team Amlin Andretti
Car no. 27
Starts 3
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0

Robin Frijns (born 7 August 1991 in Maastricht, Netherlands) is a Dutch auto racing driver, but lives in Belgium. He is the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, and the first driver to have won the series in his debut season since Robert Kubica in 2005.[1]

Career

Karting

Frijns has been an active kart racer in Belgium and France. In 2008, he finished third in the KF2 European Championship category and runner-up in the French Championship, at the same level.

Formula BMW

Frijns began his formula racing career in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season with Josef Kaufmann Racing.[2] He finished third overall in the championship, with a win at Silverstone and six podiums. He also finished as the highest-placed rookie in the championship.

Formula Renault

Formula Renault 2.0

Frijns made his first attempt at Formula Renault 2.0, racing at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the 2010 Northern European Cup. Driving for Josef Kaufman Racing once more, Frijns finished second in the first race of the meeting, fifth in the second race, and won the third.

In 2011, Frijns joined the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship full-time, continuing to drive for Josef Kaufman Racing.[3] He won the title on his first attempt, winning five races over the course of the season – including both races at Silverstone – and finishing forty-five points ahead of his nearest rival, Carlos Sainz Jr..

Frijns also competed in the Northern European Cup, finishing the season fourth overall, despite missing the Oschersleben, Most and Monza rounds of the championship. Over the course of the season, he won one race and finished on the podium seven times.

Formula Renault 3.5

In 2012, Frijns made the transition to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series – the highest tier of the World Series by Renault – this time racing for British team Fortec Motorsports.[4] As in 2011, Frijns won the title on his first attempt,[5] winning races at Motorland Aragón, the Moscow Raceway and the Hungaroring, and scoring five podiums and four poles over the course of the season.

Frijns' title came amidst controversy when he was involved in a collision with rival driver Jules Bianchi in the final race of the season in Barcelona.[1] Bianchi passed Frijns at the start of lap 21, and he quickly came under more pressure from Carlin driver Kevin Magnussen. Magnussen made an attempt to pass Frijns at the Repsol corner, but Frijns moved to block him. The move forced Bianchi wide, and he skirted across the gravel trap and into the wall and retirement. Frijns went on to finish the race in seventh place, but race stewards decided that he had caused an avoidable collision and twenty-five seconds were added to his race time, demoting him to fourteenth place.[6] As Bianchi had failed to score, and fellow title rival Sam Bird had failed to score enough points, Frijns' title remained intact. In the days following the meeting, Bianchi accused Frijns of intentionally running him off the road,[7] a charge which Frijns denied.[8]

GP2 Series

After the end of 2012, Frijns announced that he would not compete in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 and after his announcement at Sauber as test driver, his new team expressed their desire for Frijns to be racing in 2013 as he would not be testing for them full-time in 2013.

After an impressive test with Mercedes' DTM team, Frijns was not offered a drive with the manufacturer. Frijns instead opted to try for a GP2 seat, and tested with veteran team Trident Racing and new team Russian Time. Frijns showed impressive pace and Trident's team principal Maurizio Salvadori praised him and stated his intentions to have Frijns race for the team. However a lack of funding put him on the sidelines for the start of 2013 in Malaysia.

Before the second race in Bahrain, Frijns announced that he would race with new-for-2013 team Hilmer for the second event of the season, replacing Conor Daly and partnering Pål Varhaug. Frijns qualified in a very respectable 10th position ahead of pre-season favourite James Calado, but struggled to adapt to the new Pirelli tyres in the races, before a collision in the first race with Stéphane Richelmi whilst in a points-scoring position compromised his weekend. Team principal Franz Hilmer however was impressed with Frijns and hoped he could compete full-time with the team in 2013.

In only his second weekend, Frijns took a win and a second place at Circuit de Catalunya supporting the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula One

On 18 October 2012, Sauber announced that Frijns will be driving their car during the third round of Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi alongside the team's testing and reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez.[9] As the highest-placed Formula Renault driver not attached to any established Formula One team, Frijns was also added to Red Bull Racing's line-up for the test.[10]

Reflecting on Frijns' 2012 season, ESPN commentator Ben Evans opined that "anything less than a Formula One race seat next year would be a travesty".[11]

On 23 November 2012, it was announced that Robin Frijns would become part of the Sauber F1 Team, and would serve as test and reserve driver in 2013.[12]

On 21 January 2014, Frijns confirmed that he will be a reserve driver for the Caterham F1 Team in the 2014 F1 season.

Sports car racing

In 2015, Frijns joined Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to drive an Audi R8 at the Blancpain GT Series, partnering with Laurens Vanthoor and Jean-Karl Vernay.

Formula E

On 24 August 2015, it was announced that Frijns would partner fellow former Sauber test driver Simona de Silvestro at Andretti for the 2015/16 season. This was confirmed by the Andretti team on 17 September.[13] He came 10th in his first race and scored a podium in his second.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula BMW Europe Josef Kaufmann Racing 16 1 1 1 6 265 3rd
2010 Formula BMW Europe Josef Kaufmann Racing 16 6 3 3 13 383 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 3 1 0 1 2 70 14th
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 5 1 0 9 245 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 12 1 1 2 7 238 4th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 3 4 1 8 189 1st
2013 GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 10 1 0 0 2 47 15th
Formula One Sauber Test driver
2014 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
2015 Blancpain Sprint Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 14 5 2 0 7 127 2nd
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 0 0 2 48 6th
2015–16 Formula E Amlin Andretti 3 0 0 0 1 17 7th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Fortec Motorsports ALC
1

3
ALC
2

1
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

3
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

5
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

17
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

9
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
LEC
1

7
LEC
2

9
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

14
1st 189

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2013 Hilmer Motorsport MYS
FEA
MYS
SPR
BHR
FEA

21
BHR
SPR

23
ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

2
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

13
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA

9
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
SGP
FEA
SGP
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
15th 47

Complete Formula One participations

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 T AUS MAL BHR
TD
CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR
TD
GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU - -

Complete Blancpain Sprint Series results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2015 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

DNS
NOG
CR

DNS
BRH
QR

1
BRH
CR

1
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

1
MOS
QR

Ret
MOS
CR

5
ALG
QR

2
ALG
CR

1
MIS
QR

Ret
MIS
CR

DNS
ZAN
QR

15
ZAN
CR

2
2nd 127

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2015–16 Amlin Andretti Spark-McLaren BEI
10
PUT
3
PDE
10
BNA
MEX
LBH
PAR
BER
MOS
LON
LON
7th* 17*

* Season still in progress.

References

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  2. "Josef Kaufmann Racing — Formula BMW Europe Season 2009". jk-racing.de. Josef Kaufmann Racing. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. Josef Kaufman Racing will compete in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe Championship with the drivers Robin Frijns, Kazeem Manzur and Facu Regalia<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "Bianchi says Frijns pushed him out". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  11. Evans, Ben (19 October 2012). "F1 hopefuls battle for Formula Renault 3.5 title". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collatine. Retrieved 22 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Sauber F1 Team signs Esteban Gutiérrez as its race driver, Robin Frijns becomes test and reserve driver". Sauber F1 Team. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Andretti Formula E team welcomes Robin Frijns". Andretti Autosport. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Felipe Nasr
Formula BMW Europe
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Championship disbanded
Preceded by
Kevin Korjus
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Stoffel Vandoorne
Preceded by
Robert Wickens
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Kevin Magnussen
Preceded by
Laurens Vanthoor
Blancpain GT Series
Champion

2015
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