Frijns: This Formula 1 world is not fair – it’s about money

6 February, 2014

Robin Frijns at Jerez

Robin Frijns during testing at Jerez

Highly rated Robin Frijns says modern Formula 1 is not fair as money or the lack thereof is hampering true talent from making it to the top.

The 22-year-old Dutchman, arguably the hottest young talent not yet on the Formula 1 grid, has seen his rise thwarted by his lack of personal backing.

Last year, Frijns combined the Sauber Reserve role with an on-again, off-again GP2 campaign, but ultimately he lost both seats due to the money issue.

For 2014, he has been signed by Caterham and will appear in the green car at grands prix on some Friday mornings, but he will not combine the seat with GP2 because the grid of the support series is now dominated by ‘pay drivers’.

Robin Frijns in the cockpit of the Caterham CT05

Robin Frijns in the cockpit of the Caterham CT05

Frijns said that Formula 1 is heading the same way. Referring to his situation in 2013, he admitted: “I thought it was not fair, as I had worked so hard for years, winning Championships, going to the limit in every race – but for what?

“This world is not fair — it’s about money. It’s like you pay $20 million to the Barcelona [football team and they put you on the field?"

"It's the same here," Frijns told Spain's El Confidencial. "I'm not saying they're bad drivers," he added hastily.

"It has always been about money, but not as much as now. The crisis began four years ago and the teams are really suffering. And with the changes with the V6 this year, it's costing even more."

Robin Frijns drives the Caterham CT05

Explaining how his Sauber adventure ended mid-season, Frijns said: “At the end of the year the car was very good, but in the middle the team had financial problems that everybody knows about.

“Then came the story with Sirotkin…I couldn’t be in the car. But I don’t regret the experience with Sauber, I know what the circumstances were and I can’t blame them for anything,” he insisted.

Now, he has started a new adventure with Caterham, and has already tested the 2014 car at Jerez, albeit amid Renault’s technical meltdown.

“I changed my manager and I got this opportunity with Caterham,” he said.

“I am more involved in the team than I was [at Sauber] last year, I have more time on the track, which is quite rare these days. I feel that they believe in me, and that is very important,” added Frijns. (GMM)

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  • TheDudeson

    it is sad to see this but in truth Formula 1 has always about who brings the money, expecially to open the door and get that first drive. lauda paid, schumi paid, the difference is when they got the chance they seized the moment
    the real sad thing nowadays is proven talents such as hulkenberg are in f1 by the skin of their teeth and many more should be there but are not

  • Hawk

    As I recall Mr. Frijns it is you who abused Red Bull. RB can afford to have a talent at the expense of a pay driver

  • Montell Francis

    frijns could have had an RB seat at the end of 2011 instead of ricciardo if only frijns followed what marko and all them lot wanted him to do. he could have been where ricciardo is now. his pre f1 record is better than ricciardos by light years

  • farizY

    Money talks, sad, but true.

  • Tamburello1994

    Psst! If you’re that good people will pay you to drive their cars, not the other way around.

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