Frijns, fast and furious
The local hero delivered. Suitably, in his home race on Saturday, Robin Frijns showed his best performance of the season to date. Seventh in qualifying and fifth in the race, the Dutchman was never that good before. So far, the rookie had scored a grand total of 15 points from the four race weekends of the 2018 season and was third to last in the drivers’ standings. The best results of the Audi driver were twelfth place in first qualifying at Lausitzring and seventh place in the race at Budapest on Saturday. At the dune circuit, the 26-year-old finally found his pace. Frijns was fast and furious. Both in qualifying and in the race at Zandvoort, he was the best-placed driver of the Ingolstadt-based brand.
“I am very happy, I have really enjoyed the day today. We got the maximum out of it. I wanted to make up some positions in the race and that is what I have achieved. My goal for the weekend, however, was and still is a podium finish. I was the fastest and the best Audi driver. When I now find a few tenths somewhere, I am where I want to be,” Frijns said. On the opening lap, he overtook Timo Glock (“He wasn’t too happy with that”), on lap two, Glock’s fellow BMW driver Marco Wittmann. Two title candidates. Frijns didn’t show any respect for these big names. On lap five, he made his pit stop. On lap 14, Lucas Auer moved in between him and Nico Müller. The Swiss having retired, Frijns defended his fifth place and the valuable ten points until the chequered flag was out. During his home race, he didn’t feel any particular nervousness. “I am never nervous. Tomorrow, qualifying again will be crucial. I wouldn’t be unhappy with rain either. It’s back to square one for everybody,” Frijns said about his perspectives for Sunday.