ANOTHER DOUBLE POINTS FINISH AS ENVISION RACING SIGN OFF IN SEOUL AND WELCOME THE GEN3 ERA

ENVISION RACING ENDED THE SEASON IN SOUTH KOREA WITH A STRONG SHOWING TO CONSOLIDATE 5TH PLACE IN THE TEAMS’ STANDINGS

As Formula E waved goodbye to the Gen2 era of Formula E racing in South Korea, Envision Racing said hello to fifth place in the Team’s championship as Robin Frijns drove a mature and measured second race on the streets of the South Korean capital, signing off with fourth place. 

Frijns’ team-mate Nick Cassidy, who has enjoyed a breakout race-winning year in his second season of Formula E competition, ending his campaign strongly by bringing the number 37 car home eighth from 15th on the grid, and doing so with the fastest lap of the race.

Underlining the pace shown by both Envision Racing drivers, Frijns popped the number four machine into the qualifying duels to end up fifth on the grid for the second race of the Seoul E-Prix double-header.

When the lights went out to start the season’s final race, and the 100th in Formula E history, Frijns avoided the squabbling for position behind him, holding onto fifth and breaking away from Dan Ticktum and following Vandoorne’s Mercedes. Further back, Cassidy moved up one place from his starting slot, running in 14th.

As the race settled down elected to take his first Attack Mode phase with 37 minutes of the race remaining to set about pressuring Vandoorne for fourth.

Entering the final 30 minutes of the race, and the season, Cassidy mirrored his race one result, running in 10th, just behind championship challenger and fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans.A Lucas di Grassi pit stop promoted Cassidy up an additional place to ninth, as up front, Edoardo Mortara headed the field from Jake Dennis and António Félix da Costa.

With 24 minutes left to run, a safety car was triggered by the stricken Nissan of Maximilian Günther, closing the field up and necessitating a lengthy clean up.

When things got back underway, the scrap for second between Dennis and da Costa ended badly for the latter driver who exited stage left and promoted Frijns up to fourth ahead of Oliver Askew.

Günther’s earlier retirement and subsequent safety car period resulted in six minutes and forty five seconds being added to the original 45 minutes-plus-one-lap E-Prix duration.

As the chequered flag approached, race officials judged Dennis’ earlier move on da Costa to have been too aggressive, handing the British driver a five second penalty, and jeopardising his second place.

This crucially meant that despite being fourth on the road, Frijns could take third, however Dennis just managed to hang on to his podium place to deny the man from Maastricht, who ended his 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in seventh place in the Drivers’ standings, tied on points with Dennis and di Grassi.

Cassidy completed an impressive season in eighth, whilst Mortara won the E-Prix ahead of new world champion Vandoorne and the penalised Dennis.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 16):
1. Stoffel Vandoorne, 213pts
2. Mitch Evans, 180pts
3. Edoardo Mortara , 169pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne, 144pts
5. Lucas di Grassi, 126pts
6. Jake Dennis, 126pts
7. Robin Frijns, 126pts
11. Nick Cassidy, 68pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 16):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 319pts
2. Rokit Venturi Racing, 295pts
3. DS TECHEETAH 266pts
4. Jaguar Racing, 231pts
5. Envision Racing, 194pts
6. Avalanche Andretti, 150pts

KING OF THE OVERTAKERS FRIJNS BAGS SOLID POINTS IN SOUTH KOREA

ENVISION RACING’S ROBIN FRIJNS BRINGS IT HOME 8TH AT THE FIRST EVER SEOUL E-PRIX AFTER STARTING 16TH WITH TEAM-MATE NICK CASSIDY CLAIMING 10TH

The Envision Racing duo started the inaugural Seoul E-Prix a little further back down the grid than ideal, however after a red-flagged race on the rain-soaked streets of the South Korean capital, Robin Frijns came home with some decent points.

It was another overtaking masterclass from the Dutch driver who once again proved he is among the best when it comes to mixing speed and racecraft to haul his car from 16th on the grid to eighth at the end of the day.

There was further good news for Envision Racing as Nick Cassidy, despite being involved in a spectacular opening lap shunt, and resuming a red-flagged race from the pitlane, managed to snatch 10th place and one point. 

Only one of the Envision Racing drivers survived their first ever racing lap at the Seoul E-Prix. At the start, Frijns emerged from the spray in 18th, however after a cautious start, Cassidy found himself involved in a multi-car crash at the final corner, involving eight cars and triggering a red flag. 

Luckily for Cassidy, the New Zealander suffered minimal damage to his Audi e-tron FE07 and managed to extract himself from the carnage and dust himself off for the restart. 

Following a lengthy clean-up operation, the second race start of the day took place under blue skies and on a drying circuit. Frijns restarted in 13th, whilst Cassidy was forced to start from the pitlane.

On the greasy circuit, Frijns found himself in 13th behind a four-car squabble for the points-paying positions, sandwiched in between Maximilian Günther and Alexander Sims. The Envision Racing man made light work of Günther, moving up to 12th and started to pile the pressure on Sérgio Sette Câmara as the race approached its final 30 minutes.

Frijns quickly got around Sette Câmara to take 11th before moving into the points with team-mate Cassidy recovering well to settle into 14th place as the race approached the halfway point.

Taking his first Attack Mode phase with 22 minutes of racing remaining, Frijns reeled in ninth place António Félix da Costa, passing the DS Techeetah driver with a slick move under braking for turn one.

Ahead of Frijns, and with 15 minutes left, was Edoardo Mortara, the Swiss driver racing with a five second penalty, and his afternoon was compounded following contact with the wall, providing Frijns with an easy route to eighth.

A late-race safety car due to Sims crashing out in the stadium section meant Frijns had to settle for eighth at the chequered flag. There was a little bit of added drama for team-mate Cassidy who made his way to 10th, crucially, just before the safety car was officially called. An impressive recovery from the first lap incident and underlining the fact that both Envision machines possess good speed in Seoul.

The inaugural Seoul E-Prix finished behind the safety car with Mitch Evans winning from pole position-winner Oliver Rowland, and Lucas di Grassi rounding out the top three, meaning the Driver’s championship battle between Evans and Stoffel Vandoorne will go to Sunday’s final round of the season.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Stoffel Vandoorne, 195pts
2. Mitch Evans, 174pts
3. Edoardo Mortara , 144pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne, 136pts
5. Lucas di Grassi, 126pts
6. António Félix da Costa, 118pts
7. Robin Frijns, 114pts
11. Nick Cassidy, 63pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 301pts
2. Rokit Venturi Racing, 270pts
3. DS TECHEETAH 254pts
4. Jaguar Racing, 225pts
5. Envision Racing, 177pts
6. Porsche Formula E Team, 134pts

ENVISION RACING LOOK TO CLOSE OUT A THRILLING SEASON IN SEOUL

FORMULA E HEADS TO SOUTH KOREA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER TO CLOSE THE CURTAIN ON A WILD SEASON OF COMPETITION AND SOME BIG THINGS TO PLAY FOR

The 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship comes to a close this weekend with a double-header E-Prix in the megacity of Seoul, and the Envision Racing team will be looking to go out on a high in the capital of South Korea.

After 14 dramatic races spanning nine countries both the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships will be decided on this brand new circuit, located in the shadow of the Seoul Olympic Stadium and Sports Complex.

Whilst realistically the Drivers’ Championship is a three-way battle between leading Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne, Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara, there is still plenty to play for in the Envision Racing camp. Robin Frijns sits in seventh place in the standings, just one point behind António Félix da Costa, and the Dutch driver could leave South Korea on Sunday as high as fourth in the standings.

Frijns’ New York-E-Prix-winning team-mate Nick Cassidy meanwhile will look to end what has been a breakout second season in Formula E in style. The New Zealander scored his maiden victory in North America last month and followed it up with a podium finish at the London E-Prix. Currently sitting 12th in the standings, a top 10 finish is well within the Envision Racing driver’s reach.

In the Teams’ Championship, Envision Racing have their sights set on fourth place.

With two races remaining, the team are just 28 points behind Jaguar Racing, and a strong points haul in Seoul could see Envision Racing go one better than last year’s finishing position.

THE CIRCUIT

The race will mark South Korea as the fifth Asian country to host an E-Prix and signal a return to top level motorsport to the nation for the first time since a Formula One Grand Prix was hosted in 2013. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic put paid to the first planned Seoul E-Prix, scheduled to take place in May 2021, but all systems are go in 2022!

Situated in the very place the 1988 Olympics were hosted, the lap starts with a tight and technical run before entering the Jamsil Olympic stadium where thousands of spectators will see the drivers do battle over the weekend.

The cars leave the stadium to negotiate a batch of sweeping turns leading to long straights connected by tight 90 degree turns as the circuit wraps around the Olympic park as the drivers scrap it out for position around the 2.6km, 22-turn circuit.

LAST TIME OUT

Under the roof of London’s ExCeL centre and alongside the River Thames Envision Racing were among the thick of the action as the penultimate race meeting of the 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy continued his stellar late-season pace, bagging a third place in the first race of the weekend. Cassidy drove superbly, once again making the duels phase in qualifying to guarantee a top 10 start. From there, the driver of the number 37 car made his way up to fourth place as the chequered flag loomed, forcing Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries to partake in some pretty aggressive defending to hold onto third place.

A couple of hours after the dust had settled, race stewards judged de Vries’ driving to be too aggressive, slapping the Dutch driver with a post-race five second penalty and promoting Cassidy to another podium finish.

In Sunday’s E-Prix, it was Frijns’ time to shine.

Qualifying yielded little hope for the man from Maastricht who lined up 18th on the grid. Come the race however, Frijns showed why he is one of the best overtakers in motorsport, fighting through the field and ending up seventh, ensuring vital points for the Envision Racing team as it hunts for a top four finish in Seoul

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WEEKEND E-PRIX SCHEDULE

Innovation can help sustainable cities beat climate change

Climate change champion Nigel Topping has said that the unprecedented pace of the switch to electric vehicles demonstrates how technology and innovation can help the world avert a climate crisis. However, warns that immediate action is more urgent than ever.  

“We are 5-0 down at half time. We are not going fast enough. Emissions are increasing, we are seeing human and economic damage increasing all over the world,” said Nigel. “We will get to Net Zero. The question is who is going to win that race? What time will they set?  

Nigel, a UN Climate Change High-Level Champion at COP26 and a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission, was a special guest at our Race Against Climate Change Live Event in London. The event was hosted by Envision Racing, in partnership with COP 26 and TIME, to consider what steps were needed to make living in cities more sustainable.  

He said that the rapid adoption of electric vehicles showed how public attitudes towards climate change were shifting, with a broader understanding of the likely impact and the need to shift to Net Zero.  

“Now everyone knows that road transport is going electric. Five years ago, hardly anyone believed that. When Envision and Formula E started in 2014, I was saying that electric was going to go exponential, because exponential is how technology transitions always go. Nearly every one of my lovely friends and colleagues was saying ‘you’re mad, it is never going to happen’. Now, if you look at the UK in 2018 the electric vehicle market share was 2.6%. In Q1 this year it was 44%.” 

“In 2019 Mercedes said they would be net zero by 2039. Just 18 months later they said ‘we’ve been working on it more now and we’ll do it by 2030’. When you get the engineer juices flowing, things accelerate. Tens of billions of dollars are going into investment. We have the roadmaps; in every sector there has been a roadmap that has been published and there are great industrial collaborations.” 

In a wide-ranging interview with David Garrido, the Sky Sports presenter and climate champion, Nigel talked about the importance of collaboration across organisations and industries to accelerate the innovation needed to make living in cities more sustainable. He also looked forward to COP27, which is due to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November, explaining that the event would focus on turning plans agreed at previous climate summits into action.  

“We are not really interested in what people will be doing in the 2040s and the 2050s. No one in charge is going to be around then. We need to take decisions now that will have impact in 2030.” 

A panel discussion at the London event brought together three experts from business share their insights into the technological innovation that is changing the way we live in towns and cities.  

Alex Plenty, Data and Analytics Leader in Europe at Genpact, explained how data around sustainability is helping consumers to make informed choices in terms of where they shop or spend leisure time. “Coming from a data analytics perspective, I am all about trying to present the information for people to make an informed choice,” said Alex. “So, the question is, I’d like to eat this kind of food, and I’d like to see the reviews, but where’s the comment about the sustainability and the environmental and social side of things?  

“It is not just about taste or value. It is a broader conversation about consumption, taking into account the impact on the environment.” 

Heidi Beers, Manager of Corporate sustainability affairs EU at Teijin Ltd, highlighted the need to move away from car ownership towards systems that enabled people to access different modes of affordable transport when they needed them. “I would like to wake in a city that is very green, with a lot of free space, clean city, healthy air,” said Heidi. “I would like to commute to work on an electric bike. I would have a subscription that I can use for any vehicle or public transport.  

“Whenever I go on holiday, I can maybe hire a van or a camper. I wouldn’t own a car. I think everyone would have access to mobility but not many people would own their own transport anymore.” 

Eoghan Griffin, Meta’s Head of Sustainability EMEA, emphasised the importance of the trend towards ‘15-minute cities’, where residents can access everything they need within a short walk or cycle, causing the least amount of disruption. “Even the shortening of your commute brings a happiness factor,” he said. “No happy life ever has a long commute in it.” 

“There are great small cities, particularly in Continental Europe, in Switzerland, Germany and France. And Paris has been completely transformed with a really ambitious public transport and car reduction strategy. It feels very different to how it used to be.” 

Sport can lead the race against climate change

Eliud Kipchoge is a winner. He holds the world record for the fastest-ever marathon and is a double Olympic gold medallist. Now he is running his most important race – against time to help save the planet from the climate crisis and he is calling on the world’s athletes to join him.  

Eliud was a special guest at our Race Against Climate Change Live Event in London, hosted by Envision Racing, in partnership with COP 26 and TIME. He told our audience about the impact of climate change on athletes and the work of his foundation, the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation, which is committed to children’s education and reforestation in parts of Kenya.  

Eliud said: “I am talking [about climate change] with a loud voice. I’m on the rooftop, telling them that when the environment is clean, our lives are better. 

“I am talking all the time to athletes and asking them to raise their voices. We are mostly affected because we need to train in a clean environment. We need to breathe that clean air. We need to be surrounded by clean forests and a clean environment everywhere. I’m putting more effort into this, and many athletes will come together in the run up to COP 27.  

“If we run as fast as we think we can, our air will be clean and our water will be blue.” 

 

Eliud, who was interviewed by David Garrido, Sky Sports presenter and climate champion, as part of our discussion about the power of sport and sports fans to create positive environmental change. The event in London took place as Envision’s Sustainable Chain initiative moved close to receiving 100,000 pledges from the public, who pledge to make a simple lifestyle change that will help the environment.  

Our discussion panel included Michele Uva, UEFA’s director of football and social responsibility, former CEO of the Italian FA. He explained the steps that UEFA was taking to reduce its climate impact, which included measuring and analysing emissions and impact data as a prelude to taking practical steps. He also set out his hopes for football, and sport more widely, to create a cascade effect that would reach grassroots and support local initiatives to address climate change. Michele said: “Our ambition is to reduce emissions by 50% in UEFA competitions. But by engaging all the clubs we can have an impact not only in UEFA competitions but also in domestic competitions and grassroots.” 

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, engagement lead for sport and fashion at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, spoke about the importance of sport coming together and sharing knowledge around measures to address climate change. “The Framework recognises that some sports organisations are more advanced while others are at the start. There is an opportunity for different sports and different organisations to share what they have learned.” By working together, sports organisations can accelerate the positive impact, she said.  

Lindita urged sports organisations to address internal barriers to collaboration.  “Sustainability teams are siloed, in a way,” she said. “You have a feeling there is no collaboration with, say, the finance department, or with top management. If you don’t have that commitment from the top, it is going to be very hard, if not impossible, to do anything.” 

Micah Adams, creative lead at the Algorand Foundation, which is using blockchain technology to enable an inclusive, decentralised, and borderless global economy, said business had an important role in supporting leading sports personalities to talk about climate change.  

“Businesses have to let the players, the fans and the influencers know that they are open for business when it comes to environmental issues. One reason a lot of the athletes, influencers and musicians don’t speak out is a fear of a backlash. It can affect their earnings, partnerships; they are afraid to say the wrong thing, they have to clear it with the right PR.  

“This is why I am so proud to be at our foundation, to be partnered with Envision, proud to be a partner of FIFA at the World Cup, because that sends a message to the athletes that we are open for business. You come to us; you tell us what you want.” 

 

 

 

 

IT Infrastructure Engineer

Envision Racing is a UK based Formula E Team competing in the FIA Formula E World Championship and has the requirement for a qualified and experience IT Manager to be employed full time. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to thrive in this challenging yet highly rewarding role.

 

As an IT Infrastructure Engineer you will responsible for all of Envision Racing’s IT systems. Located at Silverstone in the UK. You will travel to all race and test events ensuring that the various systems and applications are online and available.

 

IT Manager – Formula E Team

  • Reporting to the Team & Sporting Director and Technical Director.
  • Attend all track tests and race events.
  • In depth knowledge of Microsoft products, including Windows Server, Office 365 & Azure.
  • In depth knowledge of VMware vSphere, including vSAN and preferably Tanzu.
  • Strong knowledge of HPE/Lenovo servers and storage, including Hyperconverged & iSCSI.
  • Strong knowledge of Cisco networking products, including switching, routing and wireless devices.
  • Working knowledge of Linux operating systems.
  • Able to provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support to end users, managing issues from start to finish.
  • Able to manage budget and purchasing requirements.
  • 5+ years in a similar role with preference given to those from a Motorsport background.

 

Additional attributes our candidates should possess are:

  • A proven ability to work to tight deadlines in a group or alone and remain calm under pressure.
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic and multicultural environment.
  • Self-motivation with a will to contribute to the end goal.
  • Good English written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to adapt to rapidly changing requirements and propose solutions to uncommon problems.

 

This position is based at Silverstone in our purpose-built workshop with free onsite parking and surrounded by forests and with an onsite gym to unwind during breaks. The role will require some international travel and long flexible hours. The position will offer a competitive salary package, plus bonus potential, 25 days paid holiday, company pension and healthcare.

Please apply and ensure you include your curriculum vitae, covering letter and remuneration expectations.

All applicants must have eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

Envision Racing is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we are happy to discuss reasonably job adjustments.

FRIJNS FIGHTS THROUGH THE FIELD TO SIGN OFF WITH 7TH IN LONDON

ENVISION RACING’S ROBIN FRIJNS WENT FROM 18TH TO 7TH AT THE LONDON E-PRIX AS THE FOCUS SHIFTS TO A DOUBLE-HEADER IN SOUTH KOREA

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns ended his weekend in London with a battling performance, surging from 18th on the grid to seventh, as the team looks to end the 2021–22 Formula E World Championship with a strong showing at the double-header in Seoul, South Korea.

Following another appearance in the knockout phase of qualifying, Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy followed up his excellent podium in race one and ended up seventh on the grid for the second consecutive day. By the end of a chaotic opening lap of the weekend’s second race, the Envision Racing driver held on to his position.

An early-race safety car, triggered by the stricken Jean-Éric Vergne, compressed the field after five minutes of racing with Cassidy sandwiched by Sébastien Buemi and Maximilian Günther, and team-mate Robin Frijns making progress, moving up from 18th to 16th.

Just shy of the 30 minute mark, Cassidy’s stellar weekend effectively came to an end with tyre issues. The Kiwi driver slipped down the order to 18th position as Frijns went the other way, running in 12th, as up front, race one winner Jake Dennis led from pole ahead of Lucas di Grassi and António Félix da Costa.

With 15 minutes of the race remaining, Frijns found himself in the hunt for points, holding 11th and chasing championship hopeful Edoardo Mortara, with Cassidy in 16th. A mistake from Mortara promoted Frijns into 10th, and a points-paying position with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Entering the final laps Frijns found himself in seventh and would end up in that position at the chequered flag. The result ensures a valuable six points in Envision Racing’s bid to consolidate fifth in the Team’s championship standings, and not for the first time Frijns displayed all his experience and race craft to make up positions throughout the course of an E-Prix.

Up front, Di Grassi ended up taking the spoils in London ahead of race one winner Dennis, with Nyck de Vries rounding out the podium places.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Stoffel Vandoorne, 185pts
2. Mitch Evans, 149pts
3. Edoardo Mortara , 144pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne, 128pts
5. António Félix da Costa, 116pts
6. Lucas di Grassi, 112pts
7. Robin Frijns, 110pts
12. Nick Cassidy, 62pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 291pts
2. Rokit Venturi Racing, 256pts
3. DS TECHEETAH 244pts
4. Jaguar Racing, 200pts
5. Envision Racing, 172pts
6. Porsche Formula E Team, 128pts

 

TEAM TACTICS AND POST-RACE DRAMA SEND CASSIDY TO A FANTASTIC PODIUM IN LONDON

ENVISION RACING’S NICK CASSIDY CONFIRMED HE IS A FORMULA E FRONT RUNNER BY SCORING A DRAMATIC 3RD PLACE AT THE LONDON E-PRIX

Fresh from a maiden Formula E victory in New York City, Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy kicked off the double header weekend in London with a stunning third place, underpinned by a clever race strategy from his team.

Cassidy started seventh after once more showing stellar pace in qualifying. In the race, by opting to take later Attack Mode phases he combined the additional power mixed with a couple of seriously slick overtaking moves to finish fourth on the road after a tense and very physical late-race fight with Nyck de Vries.

But that wasn’t the whole story. The scrap proved too physical for the stewards and de Vries was slapped with a post-race penalty, handing a deserved return to the podium, and ensuring more precious points for both Cassidy and his team.

Leading the way in the opening qualifying session, and picking up from where he left off in New York, Cassidy ended up being shuffled down to third, but crucially made the knock-out phase once again. Sadly, the Kiwi racer couldn’t repeat his heroics of two weeks ago, losing out to de Vries to line up seventh, with team-mate Robin Frijns in 10th.

Starting under the roof of ExCeL London, by the time the field made it out into daylight both Envision Racing cars managed to avoid first corner carnage, with Cassidy holding onto seventh and Frijns moving up one place to ninth. 

As the race settled down, André Lotterer in the Porsche loomed large in Cassidy’s mirrors, sandwiched by the Envision Racing duo, as up front, pole position-winner Jake Dennis held onto first place ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Frijns took his first Attack Mode phase with just shy of 37 minutes remaining, allowing the Dutch driver to regain ninth after momentarily losing track position to Sébastien Buemi, and set an early fastest lap, eventually cycling up to eighth ahead of Lotterer.

Running in sixth, Cassidy went for a relatively late Attack Mode with 28 minutes remaining, losing out to Maximilian Günther, but immediately repassing the German driver for sixth in what would prove to be a crucial strategic move.

As Lotterer and Frijns engaged in some close-quarter duelling, Cassidy reeled in fifth place man Oliver Askew and applied serious pressure on the British driver. Cassidy was unable to make the move on Askew, however Envision Racing call’s to take a late initial Attack Mode allowed the driver of the number 37 machine to keep with the top five approaching the final 20 minutes of the E-Prix.

As expected, Cassidy elected to take his second Attack Mode later than the rest of the top six as the race entered its final 15 minutes. Once again, the additional power allowed the Envision Racing man to catch Askew once more with designs on Sérgio Sette Câmara in fourth.

Cassidy made light work of Askew, passing via a superb move at the chicane and pinning his car to the rear of Sette Câmara’s Dragon Penske car. One lap after his move on Askew, Cassidy repeated the overtake at the chicane, this time on Sette Câmara to take fourth.

With 10 minutes remaining, next on Cassidy’s list was de Vries in the Mercedes.

In a thrilling closing couple of laps Cassidy absolutely heaped the pressure on de Vries in a thrilling battle for the final podium place, forcing the Mercedes driver to resort to strong-arm tactics in defending his third position. 

Just when it seemed, a return to the Formula E podium was dashed for the New Zealander, a statement from the race organisers a couple of hours after the chequered flag handed de Vries a five second penalty for his over zealous defensive driving, giving Cassidy another podium. Continue reading “TEAM TACTICS AND POST-RACE DRAMA SEND CASSIDY TO A FANTASTIC PODIUM IN LONDON”

LONDON E-PRIX PREVIEW: ENVISION RACING ALL SET FOR HOME RACE

FOLLOWING A VICTORIOUS OUTING IN NEW YORK NICK CASSIDY AND ROBIN FRIJNS LOOK TO SCORE BIG IN THE UK CAPITAL

Envision Racing heads into its home race in London following a momentous weekend of racing in North America.

Both the team’s drivers, Robin Frijns and Nick Cassidy showed front running pace, and it was Cassidy, in his second season of Formula E competition, who made the breakthrough and won Envision Racing’s first E-Prix since 2018.

The London E-Prix marks the second of three double header race weekends to bring the curtain down on 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and this UK-based round of the championship offers a unique setting for the cars and there promises to be plenty of action…

THE CIRCUIT

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns will be getting his weekend of racing underway as defending lap record holder, and if the Dutch driver’s pace carries over from the previous race in New York, he won’t be far off in London this weekend.

London’s ExCeL Circuit is unlike any other in top level motorsport due to the fact that it weaves its way indoors and outdoors, taking in the ExCel London an exhibition, an international convention centre located on the banks of the River Thames.

The first part of the lap, including the pit lane and starting grId, is contained under the roof of the ExCel Centre. This twisty section offers the drivers incredible grip due to the track surface, however that all changes as the cars head out into the daylight.

Here the surface changes completely, and after dealing with a slippery strip of metal dividing the indoor and outdoor sections, the drivers hit the abrasive tarmac of the great outdoors and run alongside the Thames, in the shadow of the historic Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport.

A slightly new challenge will face Envision Racing and the other 20 drivers in London. The layout has been modified for Season 8, with a new chicane complex around Turns 10 to 13, giving the ExCeL Circuit a bit more flow for 2022. 

THEN AND NOW

Before finding a home at the striking surrounds of the ExCel Centre, Formula E did its thing in the leafy splendour of London’s Battersea Park, on a circuit designed by British architect Simon Gibbons.

The Battersea Park Street Circuit hosted the London E-Prix in 2015 and 2016, before the event returned in the 2019-20 season at the ExCel Centre following disruption to the calendar as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

LAST TIME OUT

What a weekend it was in the Big Apple.

Saturday’s round 11 of the 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship saw both Envision Racing drivers make it through to the knockout phase of qualifying, and it was Nick Cassidy in just his second season of Formula E who wowed everyone.

The Kiwi scorched to pole position, the third of his career, and second on US soil, before dominating the New York E-Prix to win. But it wasn’t entirely straightforward. Cassidy’s team-mate Robin Frijns made it a double Envision Racing podium in the Big Apple, after one of the most chaotic and dramatic finishes to a Formula E race in the history of the sport.

For round 12 of the championship, Cassidy did it again, underlining his pace and talent to claim a second pole in 24 hours. Unfortunately, the Envision Racing driver was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a technical infringement which many viewed as harsh.

With Cassidy’s race compromised, it was left to Frijns to lead the team’s challenge and the Dutch driver to take a solid sixth place and score vital points for Envision Racing in the battle to beat Porsche in the Team’s standings.

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WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH THE ACTION

It all kicks off bright and early on Saturday 30 July with first practice at 07.15 and the real action starts at 10.40 with the first qualifying session of the weekend. The race is at 15.00, and it happens again on Sunday with the second and final race of the weekend.

After the dust settles in London it is off to Seoul and South Korea for the first time ever and an inevitable championship decider…

All the action including practice, qualifying and the E-Prix itself can be seen on Channel 4 Sport YouTube, Eurosport, Formula E YouTube and the Formula E website and app.

 

MACHINE & MORTAL: TRENT ALEXANDER ARNOLD Vs NICK CASSIDY

ENVISION RACING AND PALO ALTO NETWORKS TEAMED UP WITH PRESENTER JOSH DENZEL AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S FINEST FOOTBALLERS TO PULL OFF AN AUDACIOUS STUNT IN LONDON

In any elite sporting arena, precision and speed are key. This is especially true in the fast and frantic world of motorsport, where a mix of human skills and bleeding edge technology must work together to achieve success.

Formula E frontrunners Envision Racing got together with one of the world’s top footballers in the shape of Liverpool and England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold to get stuck into a unique series of challenges – powered by Palo Alto Networks.

Check out what happens when they compete against each other and also combine their abilities in a unique sporting experiment held at London’s Excel Arena, home of the London E-Prix.

CHALLENGE #1: THE SPRINT

Man versus racing car. No contest. Right?

New York City E-Prix victor and triple pole-position winner Nick Cassidy lined up against Trent on the indoor football pitch at London’s Excel Arena. Territory more than familiar for the Liverpool full back, but not the Kiwi race ace.

Still, that shouldn’t be a problem for Cassidy. His Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 Formula E car will go from standstill to 100km/h in around 2.8 seconds/ Trent is one of the quickest players in the Premier League, but surely no match for the world’s fastest electric racing machine.

A drone and multiple high definition cameras captured the 18 yard sprint, bringing a new dimension to a head-to-head sporting duel. And the outcome? Closer than you would think…

So close in fact that the pair set up a rematch with Trent taking a running start. And this time things were even closer!

CHALLENGE #2: THE ULTIMATE ASSIST

When Saturday comes, whether it is in the white of England or the red of Liverpool, one of Trent’s top talents is crossing a ball with such pin-point accuracy, his attackers just need to guide the ball into the net.

No problem when whipping in a cross for Harry Kane or Mo Salah, but how about Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy? Suited and booted, complete with crash helmet, in a speeding Formula E car.

Well, Nick certainly leaned into the role of honorary striker, ‘heading’ the ball and narrowly missing the goal on his first attempt as the speeding Envision Racing machine gloriously met Trent’s stunningly accurate cross.

With the crosses flying in and Nick and his car getting closer, the question is – can the Envision Racing driver hit the back of the net in a world first footballing feat?

Check out the video here…

https://youtu.be/Ll1123x0sek