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Robin Frijns joins Amlin Andretti in Formula E

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Amlin Andretti has completed its line-up for the second season of the FIA Formula E championship with former GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 driver Robin Frijns.

Frijns tested for Andretti at Donington Park last month alongside IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro, who has already been confirmed in one of the seats with the American team.

On Thursday, Andretti announced that Frijns would be taking the second seat for the beginning of the new Formula E season in Beijing on October 24.

“We’re very excited to have Robin join the team,” Michael Andretti said. “He’s only done one test for us, but he did a really good job and he has a great attitude. We feel that with him and Simona, we have a strong team put together and are ready for season two.”

Frijns was delighted to confirm his plans for the upcoming racing season, and is relishing the chance to get stuck into a new challenge in Formula E.

“It is an honor to be part of the Andretti family and to drive for them in Formula E,” Frijns said. “It’s a new championship and a completely new challenge for me. The way of driving and saving energy is going to be tough, but fun and I am really looking forward to the first race in Beijing in a few weeks time.”

Frijns has been something of a journeyman in motorsport over the past few years. Since winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2012 ahead of Jules Bianchi, the Dutchman took part in a handful of GP2 races and also enjoyed a brief spell in a reserve role with Caterham F1 Team before it changed owners.

Most recently, Frijns has been racing in the Blancpain Sprint Series, but is still regarded as one of the brightest single seater talents not to have reached F1 in the past few years.

F1: Fernando Alonso gets special livery for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso will sport a special livery for his final Grand Prix this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Reflecting his blue, yellow and red paint scheme of his helmet colors, the car will pay tribute to his home region of Asturias in northern Spain.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said on the team’s web site. “We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

The special livery will highlight the end of Alonso’s 18-year stint in Formula 1 – a career marked by 32 wins in 311 starts (a winning percentage of 10.3%).

This will be the first time since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix that McLaren has run a special paint scheme. That season, they sported a special yellow-branded car for Keke Rosberg.

“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”