Frijns 'very grateful' for Sauber opportunity
19 October 2012 – Robin Frijns has expressed his gratitude to the Sauber F1 Team for offering him a full day of testing at the Young Driver outing in Abu Dhabi later this year. The Dutchman, who is in contention for the Formula Renault 3.5 title this weekend, realises that opportunities are extremely hard to come by in a sport now driven by financial backing.
"Of course this is only a test, but it's something I've worked on for many years and I am very grateful to Sauber for this opportunity," Frijns told GPUpdate.net. "The next goal is of course to get a race seat. That will be a lot harder, but I will show what I can during the test and hopefully this can lead to more.
"I do not know (if there will be a permanent role available). We are in an economic crisis and everyone needs money, but I do not have it. I have to rely on my talent because I do not have much backing."
Frijns went on to talk about this weekend's World Series by Renault finale in Barcelona, with the 21-year-old's closest rival being Tech 1 driver Jules Bianchi. Although he is fighting off an illness, the Drivers' crown is still his target.
"I'm as sick as a dog," added Frijns, who sits five points behind Bianchi ahead of the event. "That does not help. We'll see how it goes, I can do no more than my best."