Sauber have told reserve driver Robin Frijns he will not be retained in 2014
Dutchman hints at team's financial predicament as reason
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 5, 2013 11:06am
Robin Frijns will not be retained by Sauber in 2014
Sauber have told reserve driver Robin Frijns he will not be retained in 2014, ending their relationship with the Dutchman after just one season.
The reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Champion joined the team last winter after Esteban Gutierrez was promoted to a race seat.
However, the 22-year-old struggles for funding - an issue that sees him miss this weekend's GP2 races at Monza - and he hinted that that was one of the reasons behind Sauber's decision.
"I don't know what happens now," Frijns told Autosport.
"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."
The financial situation Frijns alludes to has seen the team announce partnerships with three Russian institutions and as part of the deal, they will prepare Sergey Sirotkin for an F1 seat.