Race winner Frijns not confirmed for Monaco
12 May 2013 – Despite winning his maiden GP2 race at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday, Robin Frijns does not yet know if he can participate for Hilmer Motorsport in Monaco. The reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Champion, who acts as Sauber's test and reserve driver, is unable to bring the budget required to secure a long-term deal at present.
Frijns started the Feature Race from eighth, making the most of a smart tyre strategy by perfectly managing degradation levels. The Dutchman finished ahead of Carlin duo Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, claiming his team's first ever victory in the series.
"I'm obviously extremely pleased with the race victory," 21-year old Frijns explained to GPUpdate.net in the Barcelona paddock. "I wasn't sure if I would race for Hilmer until last Monday when the team called me and asked if I could race for them again. The team is new in GP2 this season but we're doing a great job so far."
Frijns added: "Unfortunately I don't have a sponsor to back me and there are very little seats available that don't require a budget in GP2. Hilmer asked me to come and race for them in Bahrain and they were very pleased with my performance so they asked me again for Spain. I would love to finish the season with them but at the moment I don't even know if I can race for them in Monaco. We'll have to wait and see."
Although Frijns has only taken part in three of the five races so far this season, he currently occupies fifth position in the Drivers' standings on a total of 25 points.