“We do it right or not at all”
Peter Sauber has urged Robin Frijns, the Swiss F1 team’s new reserve driver, to find a race cockpit in another series for 2013.
Recently, Dutchman Frijns – the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion – was interpreted as having criticised the Hinwil based team for not giving him “much to do” in 2013 as he prepares to serve as reserve driver.
Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn has hinted that new reserve driver Robin Frijns will get a Friday practice outing this season.
Earlier this week, 21-year-old reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion and Dutchman Frijns complained that he will “not have much to do” in 2013. He had told Dutch magazine Formule1 that he is not required by his new Swiss employer for the forthcoming winter test period, and it “looks unlikely I will be used during the Friday practice sessions”.
The 20-year-old driver will continue to have the support of Petronas
Leading young Malaysian driver, Jazeman Jaafar, will move up to the prestigious Formula Renault 3.5 (FR3.5) championship for 2013, remaining with Carlin, the team which he has been successfully racing with for the last three years.
Sauber’s new reserve driver Robin Frijns could split his formula one role next year with the German touring car series DTM.
Sauber replaces Kobayashi with Gutierrez
The Sauber F1 Team has finalised its line-up for the 2013 season: Esteban Gutiérrez is confirmed as the team’s second race driver. The 21-year old Mexican will be driving alongside Nico Hülkenberg (GER). Robin Frijns, from the Netherlands, who is only two days younger than Esteban, has been taken on board as the team’s test and reserve driver.
Teen racer joins rookie shortlist alongside F1 stars
FIA Formula Two Championship runner-up Mathéo Tuscher has been nominated as Rookie of the Year for the prestigious Autosport Awards. His name appears alongside Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean, Charles Pic, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, as well as drivers from Indycar, GP2, Formula Renault 3.5 and Formula 3.
“I was handed the win after Kevin Magnussen retired” – Antonio Felix da Costa
Having driven a superb race, Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) seemed on course to claim his second win of the season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. However, on the final lap, the Dane was forced to stop his car following a gearbox oil leak.
Robin Frijns bags his third pole of the season
Fresh from driving 1,500 kilometres in Formula One testing for Scuderia Ferrari and Sahara Force India F1 Team, Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) returned to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with a bang by clocking the fastest lap of the day. With a time of 1:29.086, he finished just ahead of Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) and Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports).
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2010 Champion set for welcome return after cancer battle
2010 FIA Formula Two Champion Dean Stoneman will make a welcome return to the series this week when he takes part in the first official F2 test at Silverstone on 28 March – marking his first time in the Williams designed car since recovering from illness.
This week saw the first pre-season test for the new Formula Renault 3.5 car at Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.
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