Frijns: I won't settle for reserve role again
21 May 2014 – Robin Frijns has told GPUpdate.net that he has no desire to remain on the reserve bench next season and that he must find a race seat for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship.
The 22-year-old, who won the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2012, held the back-up role with Sauber last season, but missed out on a drive this year, switching to Caterham where he is again the 'third' driver.
"It is the beginning of the season, but of course a race seat is my goal [in 2015]," he told GPUpdate.net recently. "The team knows that too. I'm not planning on spending another year as a reserve driver."
Frijns also conceded it was frustrating to see Kevin Magnussen get a drive with McLaren immediately after winning the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 title: "I've raced against him and beat him," continued the Dutchman. "I know I'm not any worse and that I am at least as good as him. To see him make his debut in Australia [and finish third] was incredibly frustrating."
Meanwhile, Frijns admitted the Caterham F1 team has been disappointed by the way it has started the 2014 F1 season: "We had hoped that we would be a few places further forward, but we have not yet succeeded and that is disappointing," he confirmed.
Asked what the main problem is, he replied: "We just need more downforce. Reliability is not bad, but could be better. Like all the other teams we have had many problems at the start of the season with the new engines. You need a fast car, but if you cannot finish, you have nothing."
"However, the team is working hard to take steps and hopefully it will get better," he concluded.