Frijns gets Hilmer seat for Bahrain round
15 April 2013 – Robin Frijns has secured a place on the GP2 grid for this weekend's Bahrain round, the Dutchman confirmed to GPUpdate.net on Monday. The Sauber reserve will race for German outfit Hilmer Motorsport, which replaced Ocean Racing at the start of the year.
Frijns, who claimed the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2012, missed out on a full-time GP2 drive despite impressing throughout pre-season testing. In Malaysia, Conor Daly and Pål Varhaug took the Hilmer seats, with the former due to make way at Sakhir.
"There was an opportunity to race with Hilmer so I naturally took it," Frijns, whose place is only guaranteed for Bahrain, explained to GPUpate.net. "We are still working on the rest of the season; this is all to do with money. Hopefully it will go well.
"Hilmer are very happy that I'm racing for them. They say everything is going well so far, but there will be some hard work ahead. We obviously have some catching up to do with the rest, when it comes to experience and setting up the car."
Frijns has not set himself any definitive targets for the weekend, but is predicting the new-for-2013 Pirelli rubber to be the biggest challenge amid high temperatures.
"I have not really got any expectations," the 21-year-old commented. "Just like in Formula 1, the tyres are important. The driver who is the best on the tyres will win. I hope I can get in the top eight in the first race and benefit in the reverse grid race."