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Robin Frijns sidelined after suffering ligament injury in training

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Robin Frijns has been sidelined from the upcoming Blancpain GT race at Monza after suffering a ligament injury while training.

Frijns balances his racing commitments between the Blancpain series and Formula E, racing for Andretti in the latter.

The Dutchman revealed that he had torn the ligament in his right knee after uploading a picture of himself in a wheelchair to Instagram, confirming also that he will not be racing at Monza this weekend as planned.

“Unfortunately I will have to sit out this weekends Blancpain GT Series in Monza,” Frijns wrote.

“While training my right knee collapsed. Cut my ligament in half. Recovery starts today! Will be back in the car in two weeks’ time in Brands Hatch.”

Frijns’ next Formula E outing with Andretti is scheduled for May 13 in Monaco, one week after the next GT event at Brands Hatch.

Da Costa ‘perfect’ for Andretti’s Formula E team

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Andretti Autosport executive vice-president JF Thormann believes that Antonio Felix da Costa is “perfect” for its Formula E operation ahead of the all-electric series’ third season.

The MS Amlin Andretti team announced over the summer that da Costa would be joining for season three, replacing the Supercars-bound Simona de Silvestro.

Da Costa impressed throughout his stint with Team Aguri, claiming the team’s only victory in Buenos Aires in season one and taking a number of other big results in season two despite using a year-old powertrain.

Like Aguri, Andretti was also unable to run an in-house powertrain for season two, putting it on the same page as da Costa heading into the new campaign that starts in Hong Kong on October 9.

“He’s perfect for us,” Thormann told NBC Sports when asked about da Costa’s arrival at the launch of the New York City ePrix earlier this week.

“From the competitive side, it’s good for that reason. Plus our sponsor, MS Amlin, sponsored him just before.

“He’s very good and astute technically, he’s very good friends with Robin Frijns, good team chemistry.

“I think he’s been a really good find for us.”

With an in-house powertrain now fitted to the car and da Costa on-board, Thormann says there is more optimism at Andretti for season three.

“Certainly quite a bit more. We knew we’d be in trouble last year having to use the season one car,” Thormann said.

“Now we’re back up to speed. We felt in Donington we had slight gremlins but we should be there at Hong Kong.”

Earlier today, BMW confirmed that da Costa would be leaving DTM at the end of the season to focus fully on his commitments in Formula E.

Frijns ‘honored’ to receive IndyCar test with Andretti

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Robin Frijns is relishing the opportunity to get behind an Indy car for the first time when he tests for Andretti Autosport at Mid-Ohio later this month.

Team boss Michael Andretti told NBC Sports back in February that Frijns was in line for an IndyCar try-out at some point after impressing for the Andretti Formula E operation.

Following the conclusion of the Formula E season at the beginning of the month, Andretti Autosport confirmed last week that Frijns would be testing an Indy car at Mid-Ohio as part of a rookie test day on July 21.

“I am really honored to get the opportunity from Andretti to test on of their Indy cars at Mid-Ohio,” Frijns said in a release on Thursday.

“I have been working with the Andretti Formula E Team for a year now in the MS Amlin Andretti car, and it has been a great year for us.

“I am really looking forward to working with one of the biggest teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series and excited for this new challenge.”

“We have found Robin to be very impressive in his career so far, both in Andretti Formula E and his other areas of racing,” Andretti added.

“One of the perks of the team competing across various racing platforms is the ability to expose our drivers to different racing disciplines.

“Having versatile drivers gives us a security of depth in our driver line up and makes us more competitive on all fronts.”

Frijns’ trip to Mid-Ohio for the test will in fact be just his second visit to the United States, his first coming for the Long Beach Formula E race in April.

Robin Frijns to make IndyCar test debut with Andretti at Mid-Ohio

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Robin Frijns starred most of the year in the FIA Formula E Championship with Andretti Autosport and had been rumored as a possibility for an IndyCar drive earlier this year.

He’ll have his first crack at it later this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on July 21 as part of a rookie test day that also features Indy Lights drivers from either 2015 or 2016.

The MS Amlin Andretti FE team confirmed the news on Thursday. Frijns will be retained for that program into season three.

The young Dutchman finished 12th in this year’s Formula E standings but that didn’t bely his pace or aptitude; poor luck cost him more results. His best result was third at Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Over the London ePrix weekend, Frijns remained coy about his IndyCar chances, but said he would be up for racing anything.

“I would do anything. I love driving cars,” Frijns told NBC Sports.

“Ovals are a different story, I never drove an oval before in my life. I know it’s not easy.

“I know some drivers like Daly and Rossi, I raced against them. We talked a few times and they said that ovals aren’t the easiest thing.

“But yeah, I want to try it for sure.”

Frijns confirmed at Andretti for third Formula E season

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LONDON, UK – MS Amlin Andretti has confirmed that Robin Frijns has signed a new contract for the third FIA Formula E season, due to start in Hong Kong on October 9.

Frijns made his Formula E debut in Beijing last fall after joining Andretti, racing alongside IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro.

The Dutchman has led the American team’s charge throughout season two, scoring 45 of its 49 points and picking up a podium finish in Putrajaya.

“I’m a loyal person if I feel comfortable and happy where I am at,” Frijns said.

“I stayed with the same karting team for 10 years. I enjoy all the people I work with at Andretti and I am comfortable with the team, so why change.

“With Season 3 coming, you never know where you’re team is going to be compared to other teams. I guess we’ll find out in qualifying at Hong Kong.

“But I think if you enjoy the people you work with that’s most important.”

“Robin showed great consistency and talent during his time with us this last season,” added team owner Michael Andretti.

“As dedicated as he is to our Formula E program, we are happy to continue the development of his careers. We look forward to having him back for Season 3 and continuing to build on the competitive foundation we have set.”