One of three rookies in the Formula E field this season, Dutchman Robin Frijns has always been quick in championships right from the start. Whether he can repeat this feat in Formula E remains to be seen, but the rapid Frijns certainly has the CV to suggest he will be right on the pace.
He started car racing in 2009 in Formula BMW Europe, winning a race in his debut season and taking 3rd in the championship behind current F1 racer Felipe Nasr and DTM’s Daniel Juncadella. 2010 saw him win the championship with six wins, while 2011 saw him winning the Formula Renault Eurocup in his first year, beating current F1 drivers Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat and Will Stevens to the title.
In 2012 he moved up to Formula Renault 3.5 and, despite the field including veterans like Jules Bianchi and current Formula E racer Sam Bird, Frijns took that championship in his rookie season too. However a lack of funds saw him only enter a handful of GP2 races in 2013 – winning one – while reserve driver contracts with Sauber and Caterham did not lead to a race seat. After moving into GT cars this year, he took 2nd in the Blancpain Sprint Series taking five wins.