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Frijns hoping to secure F1 drive on talent alone

ESPN Staff
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World Series by Renault champion Robin Frijns says he will have to earn a seat in Formula One on pure talent as he does not have the funding behind him to compete with the sponsorship packages of other F1 hopefuls.

Off the back of his title success, Frijns earned drives at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi with Sauber and Red Bull this week. However, with more and more teams on the F1 grid requiring drivers to bring financial backing to secure a drive, Frijns said he would have to earn his place on talent alone.

"I don't have any big money behind me so I have to do it from my talent, which I've done also over the last few years," he told ESPN. "I know these tests are important for my future so I'm fully focused on them and then I'll hopefully get a call and have a few meetings then."

Frijns explained that he does not have the budget to continue racing at his current level so needs to make a step up.

"I can't drive World Series anymore because I don't have the money to drive again," he added. "I won [Formula Renault 2.0] the year before and I won €500,000 to drive in World Series. If I hadn't won that €500,000 I wouldn't have driven in the World Series in [2012]."

Frijns said the uncertainty over his future had added to the pressure on him this season.

"I'm living with this pressure over the last few years and I know how the situation is at home. So I drive with this pressure at each race."