Are F1 teams missing a trick with Robin Frijns?

Are F1 teams missing a trick with Robin Frijns?

Robin Frijns's form in Formula Renault 3.5 has already earned him a prize test with Red Bull this year. But in a series full of F1 proteges, Glenn Freeman explains why the un-signed Dutchman could actually be one of the sport's next big talents

This year's Formula Renault 3.5 grid is packed with Formula 1 reserve and test drivers. McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull, Lotus, Mercedes, Force India and Caterham all have drivers on their books racing in the Renault championship this year. But this weekend, a man without a Formula 1 contract in his pocket will be getting behind the wheel of the 2010 world championship winning Red Bull RB6. And deservedly so.

Organisers of the Renault-backed series knew ahead of this season that the deluge of F1 contracted drivers would bring one slight problem with it: a clash of interests over the prize F1 tests offered by the championship. Deals were made to prevent anybody affiliated to a rival of Red Bull from getting the prize tests offered at the halfway stage and the end of the season.

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