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.”
Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition
De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.
I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.
“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”
De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.
The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.
“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.
“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”