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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.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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