Andretti insist they have final say on drivers


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MS Amlin Andretti have insisted that they will have the final say on who drivers for them, despite ongoing uncertainty on the future of Robin Frijns.

The Dutchman has said that he is being forced to look around for a drive despite the team being happy with his work over the past two seasons.

He says that it is due to his contract with Audi in the Blancpain series, and it potentially conflicting with BMW who are increasing their involvement in the team over the coming years.

“My situation is still ongoing,” Frijns told Motorsport.com. “I am an Audi driver in the GT world and I am driving for Andretti, indeed I was signed by Andretti.

“The team is really happy with my performance and with how I work but it is complicated with the team. I might still be here or I might not be but at the moment it doesn’t seem like it, let’s just put it that way.

“I’m looking around, I have to. You want to get things done early, around March time so this has been a difficult situation really.”

Frijns’ team-mate, Antonio Felix da Costa, is already a BMW contracted driver, but despite the situation Frijns finds himself in the team insist that they have the final say on drivers is theirs.

Speaking to Motorsport.com Team Principal Roger Griffiths said, “We haven’t finalised our driver line-up yet. There has never been a problem to be honest.

“It has been clear that Robin’s primary programme has always been Formula E and Michael [Andretti] allows him to do the Blancpain series and its always worked fine. As far as season four goes, the call on the drivers is ours.”

Frijns’ comfortably outscored da Costa in this year’s driver’s championship, managing to finish in the points five times compared to the one fifth place da Costa achieved at the first race of the season.