Frijns loses GP2 drive to Quaife-Hobbs
24 July 2013 – Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin Frijns has lost his GP2 drive with Hilmer Motorsport, with Briton Adrian Quaife-Hobbs filling the Dutchman’s vacated seat.
Frijns, 21, drove for Sauber in the recent Silverstone Young Driver Test, and is the team’s test and reserve driver. He has shown consistent pace throughout his junior motorsport career, but has often been hampered by funding issues. A lack of cash at the start of this season in Malaysia forced him to pull out of a slated full time seat with Russian Time, and a contract with Hilmer for the next round was hastily agreed. His brief stint in the feeder series produced one victory and a second place.
"I got the news that I can no longer drive for Hilmer yesterday," Frijns told GPUpdate.net. "On the one hand I understand that the team chooses a driver with a major sponsor, but on the other it is just awfully frustrating. Naturally, I would love to drive, but as everyone knows I have no money. That's the whole story."
Following extensive Russian investment in the Sauber team, current Formula Renault driver Sergey Sirotkin is widely expected to secure a drive with the Swiss outfit for the 2014 season. In light of this, Frijns admits that he is not sure of his next course of action.
"I have no plan at the moment," he said. "I do not know exactly how it all fits together, but it is not good news for me. We'll see how the year goes on. I have no idea what more I can expect."
Quaife-Hobbs is the current Auto GP World Series champion, and has been driving for MP Motorsport in the GP2 Series throughout 2013. Currently sitting 16th in the Drivers’ Championship on 23 points, his best result is a second place in the sprint race at Monaco.