Formula Renault 3.5 - Frijns dominates in Russia

Robin Frijns became the first driver to win an international race in Russia as he went top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings.

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Robin Frijns

The Fortec Motorsports driver from the Netherlands made a clean start from pole, leading from Marco Sorensen (Lotus) and Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 racing), who resisted early challenges from ISR’s Sam Bird and Arthur Pic (Dams).

That five-man group soon pulled away from the pack, with Frijns and Sorensen themselves opening up a six-second gap by the 10-minute mark.

Sorensen paid a heavy price for his attempts to stay with Frijns, though, spinning off and falling to the back of the leading pack.

The safety car made a couple of appearances later in the race, with Frijns a comfortable winner from Bianchi and Bird in the end, the Dutchman moving 10 points clear of Bird atop the standings.

It capped off a good day for Frijns, who had earlier test-driven a Red Bull demo, the first Formula One car to appear on the Moscow Raceway.

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