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Robin Frijns (born 7 August 1991) is a Dutch motor racing driver. He is the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, and the first driver to have won the series in his debut season since Robert Kubica in 2005.[1] Frijns is currently competing in Formula E driving for Envision Virgin Racing. Frijns achieved his first Formula E podium finish in his second outing in the category, and claimed his maiden victory at the 2019 Paris E-Prix.

Robin Frijns
Robin Frijns 2012-1.JPG
Frijns in 2012.
NationalityNetherlands Dutch
Born (1991-08-07) 7 August 1991 (age 27)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Blancpain Sprint Series career
Debut season2015
Current teamBelgian Audi Club Team WRT
Car no.4
Starts33
Championships1 (2017)
Wins8
Poles3
Fastest laps3
Best finish1st in 2017
Previous series
2013
2012
2011
201011
200910
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula BMW Europe
Championship titles
2017

2015
2012
2011

2010
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
Blancpain GT Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW Europe
Formula E career
Debut season2015–16
Current teamEnvision Virgin Racing
Car no.4
Former teamsMS Amlin Andretti
Starts35
Wins2
Podiums5
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish4th in 2018–19
Finished last season4th

Contents

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, Frijns has been an active kart racer in Belgium and France. In 2008, he finished third in the KF2 European Championship category and runner-up in the French Championship, at the same level.

Formula BMWEdit

Frijns began his formula racing career in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season with Josef Kaufmann Racing.[2] He finished third overall in the championship, with a win at Silverstone and six podiums. He also finished as the highest-placed rookie in the championship.

Formula RenaultEdit

Formula Renault 2.0Edit

Frijns made his first attempt at Formula Renault 2.0, racing at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the 2010 Northern European Cup. Driving for Josef Kaufman Racing once more, Frijns finished second in the first race of the meeting, fifth in the second race, and won the third.

In 2011, Frijns joined the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship full-time, continuing to drive for Josef Kaufman Racing.[3] He won the title on his first attempt, winning five races over the course of the season – including both races at Silverstone – and finishing forty-five points ahead of his nearest rival, Carlos Sainz Jr..

Frijns also competed in the Northern European Cup, finishing the season fourth overall, despite missing the Oschersleben, Most and Monza rounds of the championship. Over the course of the season, he won one race and finished on the podium seven times.

Formula Renault 3.5Edit

In 2012, Frijns made the transition to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series – the highest tier of the World Series by Renault – this time racing for British team Fortec Motorsports.[4] As in 2011, Frijns won the title on his first attempt,[5] winning races at Motorland Aragón, the Moscow Raceway and the Hungaroring, and scoring five podiums and four poles over the course of the season.

Frijns' title came amidst controversy when he was involved in a collision with rival driver Jules Bianchi in the final race of the season in Barcelona.[1] Bianchi passed Frijns at the start of lap 21, and he quickly came under more pressure from Carlin driver Kevin Magnussen. Magnussen made an attempt to pass Frijns at the Repsol corner, but Frijns moved to block him. The move forced Bianchi wide, and he skirted across the gravel trap and into the wall and retirement. Frijns went on to finish the race in seventh place, but race stewards decided that he had caused an avoidable collision and twenty-five seconds were added to his race time, demoting him to fourteenth place.[6] As Bianchi had failed to score, and fellow title rival Sam Bird had failed to score enough points, Frijns' title remained intact. In the days following the meeting, Bianchi accused Frijns of intentionally running him off the road,[7] a charge which Frijns denied.[8]

GP2 SeriesEdit

After the end of 2012, Frijns announced that he would not compete in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 and after his announcement at Sauber as test driver, his new team expressed their desire for Frijns to be racing in 2013 as he would not be testing for them full-time in 2013.

After an impressive test with Mercedes' DTM team, Frijns was not offered a drive with the manufacturer. Frijns instead opted to try for a GP2 seat, and tested with veteran team Trident Racing and new team Russian Time. Frijns showed impressive pace and Trident's team principal Maurizio Salvadori praised him and stated his intentions to have Frijns race for the team. However a lack of funding put him on the sidelines for the start of 2013 in Malaysia.

Before the second race in Bahrain, Frijns announced that he would race with new-for-2013 team Hilmer for the second event of the season, replacing Conor Daly and partnering Pål Varhaug. Frijns qualified in a very respectable 10th position ahead of pre-season favourite James Calado, but struggled to adapt to the new Pirelli tyres in the races, before a collision in the first race with Stéphane Richelmi whilst in a points-scoring position compromised his weekend. Team principal Franz Hilmer however was impressed with Frijns and hoped he could compete full-time with the team in 2013.

In only his second weekend, Frijns took a win and a second place at Circuit de Catalunya supporting the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula OneEdit

On 18 October 2012, Sauber announced that Frijns will be driving their car during the third round of Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi alongside the team's testing and reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez.[9] As the highest-placed Formula Renault driver not attached to any established Formula One team, Frijns was also added to Red Bull Racing's line-up for the test.[10]

Reflecting on Frijns' 2012 season, ESPN commentator Ben Evans opined that "anything less than a Formula One race seat next year would be a travesty".[11]

On 23 November 2012, it was announced that Robin Frijns would become part of Sauber, and would serve as test and reserve driver in 2013.[12]

On 21 January 2014, Frijns confirmed that he will be a reserve driver for Caterham in the 2014 season.

Sports car racingEdit

In 2015, Frijns joined Belgium Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to drive an Audi R8 at the Blancpain GT Series, partnering with Laurens Vanthoor and Jean-Karl Vernay.

Formula EEdit

On 24 August 2015, it was announced that Frijns would partner fellow former Sauber test driver Simona de Silvestro at Andretti for the 2015–16 Formula E season. He came 10th in his first race and scored a podium in Putrajaya. Frijns finished in the points in the following two races making him the first Formula E rookie to finish his first four races in the top 10. After four races, Frijns had scored all of Andretti's points tally of 21. He finished 12th in the standings.

Frijns was retained by Andretti for the 2016-17 Formula E season and partnered Antonio Felix da Costa.

2018-19

Frijns joined Envision Virgin Racing for the 2018-2019 Formula E season, partnered by Sam Bird. The Envision Virgin Racing team, suffered a difficult start to the season in Ad Diriyah, with Frijns starting from 20th position on the grid, just behind teammate Bird. Frijns managed to make his way up to 12th. He took his first podium for the team at the Marrakesh E-Prix, coming very close to overtaking Mahindra Racing's Jérome d'Ambrosio, but ultimately finishing second. Frijns drove a controlled race in Santiago, finishing in fifth, whilst Bird took the race victory. A forgettable weekend came next in Mexico City, starting 20th, after both Envision Virgin Racing cars hit problems in qualifying, battling his way up to 11th. Teammate Sam Bird, took the chequered flag first in Formula E's 50th ePrix in Hong Kong, but was denied the win after being found guilty of hitting André Lotterer, dropping Bird down to 6th place. Venturi's Edoardo Mortara inherited the race victory, promoting Lucas di Grassi into second and crucially Frijns to third, for his second podium finish of the 2018-19 season. For the next race in Sanya, Frijns had run in the top 10 for the entirety of the race and was set for big points, until a tangle with Sébastien Buemi on the penultimate lap, ended Frijns' race after crashing heavily into Lucas di Grassi. Frijns finished P4, for the Rome ePrix, making use of Attack Mode to pass Buemi and Oliver Rowland. For the Paris ePrix, Frijns started from 3rd on the grid, behind Buemi and Rowland, but when both drivers hit trouble, he took the lead and dominated in tricky conditions, mastering torrential rain and hailstones. André Lotterer closed in on Frijns, who had a damaged front wing, towards the end of the race, but the Dutch driver did enough to hold on and win the ePrix. On the cool-down lap, Frijns stopped at a marshall's post to pick up a Dutch flag, which he revealed had been pre-agreed. At the next race in Monaco, Frijns had started towards the back of the grid, but made several overtakes, most notably one on Alex Lynn at Tabac, to get him into a top 10 position. He pushed his luck with the overtaking however and tried an ambitious move on Alexander Sims into Ste. Devote. It didn't pay off and it ended Frijns' race. In Berlin, Frijns had technical issues in the group qualifying stages and started plum-last in 22nd. Whilst he made progress, it wasn't enough for points and he languished in 13th. At the next race in Bern, Frijns was hit by Jérome d'Ambrosio, before they even got to the first corner. Frijns speared across the track and into Alex Lynn and was forced to retire with broken suspension. d'Ambrosio would receive a penalty for the collison. For the finale weekend in New York, Frijns would be challenging for the title, however in race 1, he was victim to the bumper-car style driving of his Formula E counterparts and was forced to retire from the race. For the second race, Frijns made it into the Superpole shootout and qualified second behind Alexander Sims. At the start of the race, Frijns lost second to Sébastien Buemi, but overtook the Nissan and the BMW i Andretti drivers to take his second ever Formula E victory. The win put him 4th in the drivers championship after a last-lap crash between Mitch Evans and Lucas di Grassi, also helping the Envision Virgin team take 3rd in the constructors championship from Nissan e.Dams.

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

On 29 January 2018, it was announced that Frijns will drive for Audi Sport in the 2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, replacing Mattias Ekström, who elected to focus solely on the FIA World Rallycross Championship.[13]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula BMW Europe Josef Kaufmann Racing 16 1 1 1 6 265 3rd
2010 Formula BMW Europe Josef Kaufmann Racing 16 6 3 3 13 383 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 3 1 0 1 2 70 14th
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 5 1 0 9 245 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 12 1 1 2 7 238 4th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 3 4 1 8 189 1st
2013 GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 10 1 0 0 2 47 15th
Formula One Sauber F1 Team Test driver
2014 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
2015 Blancpain Sprint Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 11 5 2 0 7 127 2nd
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 0 0 2 48 6th
Blancpain GT Series 19 5 2 0 9 175 1st
2015–16 Formula E Amlin Andretti 10 0 0 0 1 45 12th
2016 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 8 1 0 2 2 33 10th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 0 0 0 4 42nd
ADAC GT Masters kfzteile24 APR Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 1 1 0 0 1 25 7th
2016–17 Formula E MS Amlin Andretti 12 0 0 0 0 24 13th
2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Team WRT 8 2 1 0 4 82 1st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2 0 1 0 1 28 13th
FIA GT World Cup 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 2 0 0 0 0 8 12th
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 20 0 0 1 2 84 13th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 6 0 0 1 0 13 15th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2 0 0 0 0 14 29th
Audi Sport Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 3 1 1 0 2 55 5th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Jackie Chan DCR JOTA 1 0 0 0 0 20 55th
FIA GT World Cup Audi Sport Team WRT Speedstar 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Stock Car Brasil Full Time Bassani 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2018-19 Formula E Envision Virgin Racing 13 2 0 0 4 106 4th
2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 8 0 0 2 2 57 8th*

As Frijns was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Fortec Motorsports ALC
1

3
ALC
2

1
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

3
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

5
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

17
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

9
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
LEC
1

7
LEC
2

9
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

14
1st 189

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2013 Hilmer Motorsport SEP
FEA
SEP
SPR
BHR
FEA

21
BHR
SPR

23
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

2
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

15
SIL
FEA

13
SIL
SPR

Ret
NÜR
FEA

6
NÜR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA

9
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
MRN
FEA
MRN
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
15th 47

Complete Formula One participationsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR
TD
CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR
TD
GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU - -

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2015 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

DNS
NOG
CR

DNS
BRH
QR

1
BRH
CR

1
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

1
MOS
QR

Ret
MOS
CR

5
ALG
QR

2
ALG
CR

1
MIS
QR

Ret
MIS
CR

DNS
ZAN
QR

15
ZAN
CR

2
2nd 127
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

4
MIS
CR

22
BRH
QR

6
BRH
CR

12
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
HUN
QR

11
HUN
CR

7
CAT
QR

1
CAT
CR

3
10th 33
2017 Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR
MIS
CR
BRH
QR

7
BRH
CR

2
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

3
HUN
QR

5
HUN
CR

4
NÜR
QR

6
NÜR
CR

1
1st 82
2018 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro ZOL
1

5
ZOL
2

5
BRH
1
BRH
2
MIS
1
MIS
2
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

16
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

9
15th 13

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2015–16 Amlin Andretti Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
10
PUT
3
PDE
10
BNA
8
MEX
5
LBH
15
PAR
7
BER
6
LON
Ret
LON
Ret
12th 45
2016–17 MS Amlin Andretti Spark-Andretti ATEC-02 HKG
6
MRK
11
BNA
14
MEX
11
MCO
12
PAR
6
BER
17
BER
18
NYC
9
NYC
9
MTR
8
MTR
13
13th 24
2018–19 Envision Virgin Racing Spark-Audi e-Tron FE05 ADR
12
MRK
2
SAN
5
MEX
11
HKG
3
SNY
14
ROM
4
PAR
1
MCO
17†
BER
13
BRN
Ret
NYC
Ret
NYC
1
4th 106

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour resultsEdit

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018 37   Audi Sport Team WRT   Stuart Leonard
  Dries Vanthoor
Audi R8 LMS APP 271 1st 1st

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2018 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

18
HOC
2

12
LAU
1

13
LAU
2

10
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

8
NOR
1

12
NOR
2

8
ZAN
1

5
ZAN
2

Ret
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

12
MIS
1

2
MIS
2

4
NÜR
1

17
NÜR
2

10
SPL
1

11
SPL
2

13
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

5
13th 84
2019 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 Turbo DTM HOC
1

3
HOC
2

3
ZOL
1

12
ZOL
2

Ret
MIS
1

Ret
MIS
2

4
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

4
ASS
1

ASS
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

LAU
1

LAU
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

HOC
1

HOC
2

8th* 57*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Frijns gets title in clash, da Costa wins". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Josef Kaufmann Racing — Formula BMW Europe Season 2009". jk-racing.de. Josef Kaufmann Racing. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. Josef Kaufman Racing will compete in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe Championship with the drivers Robin Frijns, Kazeem Manzur and Facu Regalia
  3. ^ "Frijns e Tunjo si affidano a Kaufmann" [Frijns and Tunjo join Kaufmann]. ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian). Inpagina. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Frijns completes Fortec Formula Renault 3.5 line-up". Fortec Motorsports. Fortec Motorsport Ltd. 30 January 2012. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  5. ^ Collantine, Keith (21 October 2012). "One to Watch — Robin Frijns". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Frijns penalised but keeps title". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Bianchi says Frijns pushed him out". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Frijns: Bianchi clash a racing incident". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  9. ^ Collantine, Keith (18 October 2012). "Frijns gets Sauber test chance". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  10. ^ Freeman, Glenn (19 October 2012). "Robin Frijns says Sauber Formula 1 test crucial for career". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  11. ^ Evans, Ben (19 October 2012). "F1 hopefuls battle for Formula Renault 3.5 title". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collatine. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Sauber F1 Team signs Esteban Gutiérrez as its race driver, Robin Frijns becomes test and reserve driver". Sauber F1 Team. 23 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  13. ^ Beer, Matt (29 January 2018). "Frijns replaces Ekstrom in Audi's DTM line-up". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Felipe Nasr
Formula BMW Europe
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Kevin Korjus
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Stoffel Vandoorne
Preceded by
Robert Wickens
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Kevin Magnussen
Preceded by
Laurens Vanthoor
Blancpain GT Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Dominik Baumann
Maximilian Buhk
Preceded by
Enzo Ide
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
Champion

2017
With: Stuart Leonard
Succeeded by
Raffaele Marciello
Michael Meadows
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Toni Vilander
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2018
With: Stuart Leonard & Dries Vanthoor
Succeeded by
Matt Campbell
Dennis Olsen
Dirk Werner