Even with back-to-back titles in Formula BMW and Formula Renault 2.0 under his belt, Robin Frijns knew going into this season that a hat-trick was unlikely.
This was the strongest field to grace a Formula Renault 3.5 season, with graduates from all of Europe's best championships enticed by an updated (and faster) car. A lack of clashes with the Formula 1 calendar meant there were junior drivers from McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Caterham and Lotus all represented in this year's field.
Jules Bianchi still seething over Robin Frijns clash in FR3.5 decider
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