The Dutchman revealed in an interview with GPUpdate that he was perturbed by Kevin Magnussen’s success with McLaren after the Dane won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2013, which secured him a full-time seat with the British team. Frijns himself won this title in 2012, beating Magnussen and Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.
“I’ve raced against him and beat him,” Frijns explained when talking about Magnussen. “I know I’m not any worse and that I am at least as good as him. To see him make his debut in Australia was incredibly frustrating.
“It is the beginning of the season, but of course a race seat is my goal. The team [Caterham] knows that too. I’m not planning on spending another year as a reserve driver.”
Frijns is unquestionably one of the finest young talents in motorsport without a drive in Formula 1. He won the Formula Renault NEC championship in 2011 before winning the 3.5 litre category at the first attempt. In 2013, he spent a year as Sauber’s reserve driver, but had very limited opportunities. He also took part in five GP2 rounds for Hilmer, claiming one win.
However, his hopes of a full-time seat may be aided by the arrival of Haas Formula on the grid, as well as the possible entry of Forza Rossa. That said, should these two new teams be replacements for outgoing teams and not new entries, Frijns may well be back to square one.
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