He won the F BMW European Championship; he was the 2011 Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 Champion; and now, in his rookie season, he leads the ultra-competitive WSR 3.5 series. Fortec’s Robin Frijns is a major part of the vibrant new Dutch challenge towards F1. I spoke to him earlier this week about his rapid climb and his recent F1 demo run for Red Bull in Moscow
He began 2012 without a regular drive; then Trevor Carlin offered him a GP3 seat. He quickly showed his talent and speed – and was rewarded in May with a Red Bull Junior Team contract. Instantly competitive in the much bigger and faster World Series by Renault cars, Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa nonethless continues to race GP3 with Carlin. In Hungary, on July 28/29, he made history by winning GP3 on both Saturday and Sunday. I spoke to Antonio prior to the Silverstone WSR race on August 25/26.
As the 2012 motor racing season continues to unfold, I wondered about the progress of Richie Stanaway, the talented young New Zealander who is currently holed-up in a French rehab clinic following his WSR accident at Spa on June 2. For a young driver with the world at his feet, the frustration must be intense. I caught up with him to check on his progress – and to remind him that many are awaiting his return.
21-year-old Nick Yelloly made his WSR debut at Silverstone last year – and adapted quickly to 3.5 Renault power. He finished a brilliant second at Barcelona at season’s end; and, driving for Comtec, won the opening round of the 2012 series at Motorland, Aragon, Spain, on May 5
In Nick’s track bag:
Two Freem race suits
Two pairs of red Alpinestars gloves
Three sets of Alpinestars nomex understuff
Two pairs of Alpinestars race boots