It’s true (see Toro Rosso), but I don’t see the wisdom of saying it. Then again, Frijns probably doesn’t see himself in Red Bull’s immediate plans (which is already crowded enough with Ricciardo, Vergne, and AFDC) and is much more likely to enter F1 via Sauber.
Have any of the Red Bull drivers ever said something similar to that? (I mean those on the young driver development programme), with a mind to Brendon Hartley; I feel that he would be the most likely to say something like that, having been kicked off it.
@ral, interestingly, the GPUpdate.net article says they spoke to him exclusively: “GPUpdate.net spoke exclusively with the Dutchman ahead of his seat fitting on Monday”, but there are no canine references in the article. So either he made the dog-remark to them but they decided not to print it (“You’re not treated really fair”, is what it says – in my translation), or the article is not an exclusive.
This was in the context of him declining to join Red Bull’s driver program twice. The Red Bull test is an award for winning the WSR 3.5 championship, unless a driver is already under contract with another F1 team. I think he’d need to be a lot more insulting for Red Bull to deny him his test, since they ‘allow’ Webber’s remarks.
Also, Nu.nl is hardly a news source. They usually just post basic Reuters (and likewise agencies’) articles. This article was sourced to ANP, the interview done for NuSport (the website’s sport segment) and newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
Looks like Frijns just denied the ‘quote’, @adrianmorse or his compatriots will be able to translate the last two tweets but I understand that he claims not to have said anything like that and blames the ANP (The Dutch national news agency) for false quoting: