Sauber reserve driver Robin Frijns will not be retained by the Swiss team for 2014.
Frijns joined Sauber as the team’s reserve driver last November, taking over the seat vacated by Esteban Gutierrez.
The Dutchman, who is the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion, having beaten the highly rated pair of Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird to the crown in 2012, originally found himself without a race seat at the start of the season, before replacing Conor Daly in a stop start deal with Hilmer Motorsports in GP2 from the second round of the series in Malaysia onwards.
The 22-year-old took Hilmer’s first win in GP2 at only his second event with the team at Barcelona and backed that up with a second visit to the podium in the sprint race the following day, but since then the Dutchman has only scored points on two more occasions.
Frijns will not be attending this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix with Sauber and will not be racing for Hilmer Motorsport in GP2.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT, the Dutchman explained that he held no grudges against Sauber for his predicament, citing the financial difficulties that have afflicted the Hinwil-based-squad this year as the major reason for the situation.
”I don’t know what happens now” he said. “All I know is I’m sitting at home and everybody is in Monza.
“I’m a free agent. I don’t blame Sauber, they have to keep themselves alive as a team and I understand that.
“Of course they have a great history with young drivers and giving them a chance in Formula 1.
“But they also have a financial situation that everyone knows about, and that is something that is out of my hands.”
Following three back to back championship wins, Frijns has been touted as a future Formula One star, but the 22-year-old has struggled in 2013 and now finds himself without a race drive late in the season.
“I’ve had a lot of downs this year,” he added. “It’s annoying but there is nothing I can do about it.
“I helped Hilmer Motorsport get their first GP2 win which is a big achievement that I’m proud of.
“But other than that it has been a terrible year.
“Right now, we don’t have a plan. The most important thing now is I’m free and I can do what I want.
“Hopefully someone gives me a chance to show what I can do.”
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