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Robin Frijns

Formula 1 driver

Robin Frijns
Credit: LAT
Vital statistics for Robin Frijns
NationalityNLD
BirthplaceMaastricht
Born7 August 1991
Age27

Robin Frijns was a Sauber test driver for the 2013 season, having previously spent some time in young driver events for the Swiss team. At the end of the year, he moved to Caterham, becoming their reserve driver for 2014. He got his first opportunity to run in Friday practice during the Bahrain weekend that year.

F1 biography

Frijns had the traditional start to his motorsport career, with a spot of karting in France which culminated in his debut in single seaters. He took part in the Formula BMW Europe during the 2009 season, winning a race in his debut year. He moved to Formula Renault, participating in several of the variations before moving to GP2.

Frijns drove for the brand new Hilmer team in the 2013 GP2 season, after testing with a handful of outfits but not managing to secure a drive. He finished the season 15th overall, but hadn’t completed a full year of racing. In only his third race, he’d managed to take victory in Spain, following it up with a second place in the sprint race.

The Sauber team gave Frijns a chance to drive their car in the Young Driver test towards the end of 2012, and for the 2013 season he juggled his GP2 duties with a new role as test and reserve driver with the Swiss team. At the beginning of 2014, it was confirmed that he would move to Caterham F1 to continue with a similar test role, getting his first practice session opportunity early in the season.

Frijns participated in sports car racing for the 2015 season, and then joined the 2015/16 Formula E season, finishing 12th overall at the end of the season. He was retained by the Amlin Andretti team for a second season in 2016/17.