|Date of Birth||7th August 1991|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2015 Beijing ePrix|
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||18 (18 Starts)|
|Team||MS Amlin Andretti|
Having karted across Belgium and France, Frijns obtained his first drive in a racing car, joining the Formula BMW Europe Championship of 2009. An impressive debut season saw him claim third in the title race and become the second highest placed débutante in the series' history. A second season saw him go two better and take the title, with the flying Dutchman also getting his first taste of Formula Renault at 2.0 level.
Frijns moved to the Eurocup Formula Renault for 2011, completing s stunning rookie season to beat future Formula One racer Carlos Sainz Jr. by over 45 points to clinch the title. Promotion to the full flavour Formula Renault 3.5 Series followed for 2012, where the Dutchman once again tasted success at his first attempt, although in controversial circumstances. Accused of running the late Jules Bianchi off track at the final race, and causing an avoidable collision, Frijns was penalised 25 seconds, putting his title chance in doubt. However, with Bianchi in the wall, and Sam Bird failing to climb high enough in the points, Frijns escaped with the title.
Frijns was rewarded with a test for the Sauber F1 team over the winter of 2012, where he impressed enough to get a testing role for the new season. But, Sauber wished him to compete during the year, with the Dutchman obtaining a test for the DTM Championship with Mercedes. Despite an impressive display, the Stuttgart Squad had already filled their quota for the year, with Frijns ultimately ending up in the GP2 Series for the year.
A win in his second weekend saw many expect the Dutchman continue his run of Championships, but Frijns would struggle throughout the rest of the season. Finishing the season in fifteenth, he moved to the Caterham F1 Team as their test and reserve driver, but would not get a chance with the team after they folded before the end of the season. He started 2015 in the Blancpain Endurance Series, before getting the call to compete in Formula E.
Formula E HistoryEdit
Frijns was impressive when the Andretti car was out on circuit, as the team swapped to the season one technology for the final day. The Dutchman stated his intention to get into the Championship in the weeks following the test, with Andretti offering him a race seat for the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship. The deal was signed and Frijns was partnered with Simona de Silvestro for the season opening race in Beijing, where the Dutchman scored his first FE point.
Frijns' natural talent then shone through at the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, where the Dutchman battled to a maiden podium finish, despite using a year old car. It would be the the highlight of the season for Frijns, as he spent most of the rest of the season scoring minor points, although he remained a threat for the podium numerous times. Unfortunately for Frijns, the season would end in dismal fashion in London, with the Dutchman retiring from both of the races, both the result of accidents.
His impressive performances in season two saw Frijns retained by Andretti into the 2015/16 season, now partnered by relative FE veteran António Félix da Costa. The pair would test the new Andretti ATEC-02 at the 2016 Donington Test, which, unlike the original car, proved to be both quick and reliable with Frijns the faster of the drivers.
Full Formula E RecordEdit
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Robin Frijns's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E EntriesEdit
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Robin Frijns during their FE career:
|Robin Frijns's Overall Formula E Record|
|2015/16||Andretti Autosport||27||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||12th||45|
|2016/17||MS Amlin Andretti||27||Andretti ATEC-02|
Below is a table showing Robin Frijns's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 'Drivers' Club: Robin Frijns', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/robin-frijns.aspx, (Accessed 17/09/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Di Grassi keeps his cool to win in Putrajaya', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/11/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/november/di-grassi-keeps-his-cool-to-win-in-putrajaya.aspx, (Accessed 22/11/2015)
- ↑ 'Robin Frijns to race for Andretti', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/09/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/september/robin-frijns-to-race-for-andretti.aspx, (Accessed 17/09/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
- ↑ 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
- ↑ 'ANDRETTI RE-SIGNS FRIJNS FOR SEASON THREE: DUTCH ACE GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH ANDRETTI', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/andretti-re-signs-frijns-for-season-three/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)