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Frijns claims a stunning podium finish at the Diriyah E-Prix

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns scored a scintillating second place in Saudi Arabia to continue team’s podium streak in the sport.

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns announced his Drivers’ Championship title aspirations under the lights at the Diriyah E-Prix with a stylish qualifying performance and superb second place finish in a thrilling Saturday race in Saudi Arabia.

As the only Envision Racing machine taking part in round three of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Frijns made a perfect start. Starting second on the grid, he established an early lead from pole-sitter Oliver Rowland, beating the British driver into the opening sequence of turns.

From there, Frijns held onto second place for the remainder of the 36-lap race, resisting some serious pressure from Rowland to come home on the podium as runner up behind Nick Cassidy.

“Nick did a very good job,” Frijns said afterwards.

“But I secured P2, it’s good points – and hopefully we can go one better at the next race.”

It wasn’t all good news in Saudi Arabia. In qualifying, the Envision Racing duo experienced extremely differing fortunes. Both were quick, and as Sébastien Buemi crashed out, Frijns was in imperious form. The man from Maastricht beat all comers, soaring through to the final where he sealed second place on the grid.

For Buemi, his crash proved terminal, and it was an early bath.

The damage sustained in his qualifying shunt would mean the Swiss driver could not take part in the weekend’s second race and was forced to watch from the sidelines.

QUALIFYING

Heading out in Group A qualifying, Frijns lurked around the top three times, ending the session with a stunning lap to secure second and with it, progression to the duels. In Group B, Buemi underlined the newly discovered pace, running in the top three before dropping to fourth and crashing out with seconds of the session to spare.

In the first quarter-final, Frijns went up against race one pole position winner Jean-Éric Vergne. After a neck-and-neck battle, Frijns managed to beat his French opponent and surge into the semi-finals where he would face off against another DS Penske in the shape of Stoffel Vandoorne.

After a spectacular and occasionally sideways lap Frijns beat Vandoorne and made it into the final. Could the Envision Racing driver claim his third career pole position against Nissan’s Rowland?

The answer was no, as Rowland claimed pole position, however a second place starting slot for his third race back with Envision Racing was a decent reward for Frijns.

THE RACE

At the start Frijns made a lightning start, beating Rowland into the first corner and taking an early lead. The Envision Racing man spent the opening laps at the head of the pack, taking an initial Attack Mode on lap five, losing the lead the Nick Cassidy, but crucially remaining in front of Rowland.

On lap seven, Cassidy took his first Attack Mode, remaining ahead of Frijns, who also took his second Attack Mode phase. By lap 10, the top three became established with Cassidy leading Frijns and Rowland. The two Jaguar powered cars establishing a sizeable gap of more than six seconds over third place driver Rowland, and happily for Frijns, Cassidy showed no signs of getting away.

Using all his racecraft, energy saving abilities and experience Frijns continued to reel in the Jaguar of Cassidy as behind, as Rowland started to make ground on the leading duo. By lap 21, Rowland was right with Frijns and Cassidy. Not only that, but a few laps later the fight for the lead was joined by McLaren’s Jake Hughes, Vandoorne and Sacha Fenestraz.

With five laps remaining the race dynamic had changed from a two-car battle for the win to a multi-car scrap. By the start of the final lap Rowland had applied several laps of serious pressure to Frijns but could not find a way around the Envision Racing driver.

At the chequered flag Frijns claimed a comfortable second place, even challenging Cassidy’s lead on the final lap. The result means that his misfortune in Mexico is now a distant memory as Envision Racing head to Brazil for the Sao Paulo E-Prix.

“The start of the race was amazing, the highlight for sure,” Frijns said afterwards.

“I was leading the race and feeling comfortable. Then I was fighting with Nick and we were pulling away [from the field] and we were almost killing each other… it’s a good result though.

“I was struggling a bit at the beginning of the season, still needing to learn the car. Obviously Nick drove with this car [the Jaguar powertrain] all last year as well, so there are still steps to be made [for me]. But I will get there.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 3):
1. Nick Cassidy, 56pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 38pts
3. Jean-Éric Vergne 33pts
4. Jake Dennis, 30pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 20pts
7. Robin Frijns, 19pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 3):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 76pts
2. DS Penske, 47pts
3. Andretti Formula E 39, pts
4. Porsche Formula E Team, 38pts
5. Envision Racing, 37pts

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Envision Racing and Frijns bag point on the final lap in Saudi Arabia

Robin Frijns came home 10th at the opening race of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend, claiming a vital championship point as Sébastien Buemi ended up 12th

Round two of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship saw Envision Racing and Robin Frijns claim 10th place and a points finish under the lights after the first race of the Diriyah E-Prix double header.

The opening race of the weekend featured an absorbing race-long battle for the victory, eventually claimed by Jake Dennis. Further back, Frijns spent almost all of the 37-lap race behind the McLaren of Jake Hughes, only to pass the British driver on the final lap, and claim his first point of the season after a disappointing race last time out in Mexico.

Taking to an incredibly slippery track in qualifying, it was Frijns who fared best out of the Envision Racing duo.

Frijns qualified 12th, with team-mate Buemi kicking off his weekend in Saudi Arabia 13th on the grid.

As the weekend’s opening race got underway, pole-sitter Jean-Éric Vergne emerged from the opening sequence of turns in front, with Frijns gaining a place and moving up to 11th, followed by Buemi who also moved forward.

Following a settled sequence of opening laps, the battle between Vergne and Mitch Evans came to the boil with the two making contact, as Dennis assumed the lead on lap five. Further back, Frijns looked to hassle Jake Hughes in 10th, and move into the points-paying positions.

By lap 10, Dennis remained at the head of the pack with the Envision pair sitting in 11th and 12th respectively, Buemi closely following Frijns, whilst defending from Edoardo Mortara in the Mahindra machine.

At the halfway point both Envision Racing machines sat mid pack, with little change occurring throughout the order. On lap 21, Hughes and Frijns took their first Attack Mode phase of the race, shuffling the pack momentarily as Frijns and Buemi swapped positions.

By lap 30, Frijns emerged once more as the front-running Envision Racing driver, holding 11th, with Buemi following in 12th. As the chequered flag loomed, 10th place and a single point looked to be just out of reach for Frijns, the Dutch driver seemingly unable to overtake in the McLaren of Hughes.

However, Frijns was not giving up. As up front, Dennis won from second place man Vergne and Cassidy in third, and, it was all change on the final lap as Frijns made his way around Hughes to get points on the board, with Buemi claiming 12th and looking to improve in Saturday’s second race of the weekend.

“It was a difficult race,” Frijns said.

“It’s very difficult to overtake so we knew it was going to be tough after qualifying P12. At least we took a point out of it, which could be important at the end of the season.

“We will come back tomorrow and aim to qualify a bit nearer the front to make life a bit easier for ourselves – and hopefully we will get more points in the bag too.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 2):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 32pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 31pts
3. Jean-Éric Vergne, 29pts
4. Jake Dennis, 28pts
5. Mitch Evans, 20pts
6. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts
13. Robin Frijns, 1pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 2):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 51pts
2. Andretti Formula E, 37, pts
3. DS Penske, 33pts
4. Porsche Formula E Team, 32pts
5. Envision Racing, 19pts

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Diriyah E-Prix Preview: All eyes on Saudi Arabia as Season 10 gets into full swing

Envision Racing look to return to the podium and score big points at the Diriyah E-Prix double-header

Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship started strongly for Envision Racing at the Mexico City E-Prix. Both drivers showed front-running pace, and at the end of the weekend, Sébastien Buemi bagged a podium and his best result for the team to date.

Buemi’s team-mate Robin Frijns ultimately had a racing return with Envision Racing to forget, crashing out of the race, but the Dutch driver showed strong pace in practice and qualifying, and will be fully focused on bringing home the points as Envision Racing heads to the Diriyah E-Prix for the second and third round of the championship.

THE NOCTURNAL CHALLENGE IN SAUDI ARABIA

This year’s Diriyah E-Prix will be the fifth time Envision Racing and Formula E have visited the 2.49km street circuit. Located on the edge of the capital Riyadh, among the ancient UNESCO World Heritage site surroundings of Diriyah, the layout is a truly unique sight where cutting edge technology and sporting competition meets the distant past.

Since its inception, the Diriyah E-Prix has formed an early season test for the teams and drivers, and has become one of the toughest challenges on the Formula E calendar.

The circuit is made up of 21 turns ranging from tight and twisty to fast and flowing.  Particular challenge is the multi-turn ‘toboggan’ run where the drivers must flick from left to right between Turn 5 and Turn 14 at top speed. Although it is difficult to pass, this legendary section of track will be crucial in qualifying as some serious time can be won, or lost.

Similarly crucial is the sweeping final Turn 16. In both qualifying and the race, drivers will need to arrive and exit this section inch perfect to carry speed into the straight before braking hard for the chicane and a new lap.

To make things that bit more spectacular, the action will all be played out under the lights in the Saudi night sky, illuminated with the latest in low-power LED technology.

LAST TIME OUT IN MEXICO

 

Both Buemi and Frijns showed impressive pace throughout practice and qualifying for the Mexico E-Prix, but their race day fortunes diverged significantly.

Buemi on the Podium Again

For Buemi, the race was a resounding success. Qualifying second, in the race, he secured a well-deserved second place finish, marking his second podium for Envision Racing, his fourth in Mexico, and his best result for the team to date.

This strong performance bodes well for the Diriyah E-Prix in, where Buemi will be looking to go one step further and solidify his championship challenge.

“It was obviously great to begin the season with a front-row start and a P2 finish in Mexico City,” Buemi said.

“But it’s just one race and now we are trying to work hard to prepare for this race as best we can.

“Last season we got a pole position there, my first one for the team, and we were quite fast overall – so the idea is to be building on that and hopefully I will be able to put a good week together. We know it is going to be tough but I am looking forward to it: it’s a great, challenging track and we are going to be racing at night like the last few years so I am really looking forward to it.”

Frijns’ Challenging Return

Frijns’ return to Envision Racing was unfortunately more difficult. After a promising start with strong free practice and qualifying sessions, his race ended abruptly on lap eight.

Despite the disappointment, the weekend wasn’t without glimpses of promise. Frijns endured a tough start, dropping from seventh to 15th, but he demonstrated fighting spirit throughout the race before his E-Prix-ending incident at the final corner.

Frijns has gone well in Diriyah before. In Season 7 and Season 8, the man from Maastricht ended up second, and he will be drawing on that experience this year to score big and bounce back in style.

“Diriyah has always been quite nice to me,” Frijns noted.

“I always feel quite competitive there, it’s a difficult street track; there’s a lot of S-corners and a good flow is really important there … but it’s also a track where you can easily make a mistake.

“We’ve been successful there with Envision in the past, we’ve finished on the podium twice, so we are definitely aiming for that again.

“Obviously Mexico was a bit of a disappointment so we need to score good points to get back into championship contention and hopefully the two races in Saudi we will do that.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 28pts
2. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts
3. Nick Cassidy, 16pts
4. Maximilian Günther, 12pts
5. Mitch Evans, 10pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Porsche Formula E Team, 28pts
2. Jaguar TCS Racing, 26pts
3. Envision Racing, 18pts
4. Maserati, 12pts
5. Penske, 12pts

DID YOU KNOW?

Nestled in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, like a gem amidst the golden sands, lies Diriyah – the cradle of Saudi Arabia’s rich tapestry of culture and heritage, and in 1744 the first Saudi state rose under the banner of the Al-Saud dynasty.

Often hailed as the ‘Jewel of Saudi Arabia,’ this historic town is where the seeds of a mighty kingdom were first sown.

At-Turaif, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands as a testament to Diriyah’s glorious past. This ancient district, once the thriving heart of the first Saudi capital, is a treasure trove of mudbrick palaces, mosques, and watchtowers, silently echoing the footsteps of bygone rulers and merchants.

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Superb 2nd for Buemi and Envision Racing in Mexico

Envision Racing started its title defence in style at the Mexico City E-Prix with some serious pace and a richly deserved podium finish.

The opening race of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Mexico City was one to remember for Envision Racing and Sébastien Buemi.

Both Buemi and team-mate Robin Frijns showed great speed throughout practice and qualifying, however the pair had mixed fortunes come race time.

For Buemi, second place at the Mexico E-Prix marks his second podium for Envision Racing, his fourth in Mexico, and with it, his best result for the team.

As the team heads to Saudi Arabia for the double-header Diriyah E-Prix, Buemi will be looking to go one better and consolidate his championship challenge. 

For Frijns, his return to Envision Racing was a tough one as his first race back with the team ended on lap eight, but the weekend wasn’t without promise. After a strong free practice and qualifying, the Dutch driver endured a difficult start to the race, dropping from seventh to 15th, before crashing out in the early stages of the race.

QUALIFYING

It was Frijns who set the pace in Group A qualifying, beating Stoffel Vandoorne and Nick Cassidy to progress to the knockout phase. In Group B, Buemi immediately set about bothering the top of the timing sheets, running fourth for most of the session. The Envision Racing man briefly headed the times before ending up a stellar third fastest, joining Frijns in the duels.

In the first quarter-final, Frijns faced off against Pascal Wehrlein. A mistake from Frijns at Turn 1 allowed his German opponent to prevail and make it into the semi-finals. Buemi went up against Jake Hughes in the McLaren.

In a close battle, Buemi managed to use all his skill and experience to beat the British driver and advance to the semi-finals.

In the semi-final, Buemi would be paired with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. And it would be the Envision Racing driver who powered into the final, beating Evans and proving quicker in every sector. The big question remained, could Buemi claim a 17th career pole?

The answer was no. Despite a valiant attempt, Buemi had no answer for the speed of Wehrlein in the Porsche. However, it proved an encouraging opening qualifying session of Season 10 for Buemi and Envision Racing, with a front row starting slot in the bag and team-mate Frijns lining up in seventh.

THE RACE

By the time the pack emerged from the opening right-hand turn following the long start-finish straight at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Buemi managed to hold on to second position behind pole sitter Wehrlein. In contrast to Buemi’s solid start, team-mate Frijns went backwards, slipping from seventh to 15th, before starting to fight back at the beginning of lap two.

A collision near the rear of the pack between António Félix da Costa and Nico Müller on lap three did nothing to distract Buemi from momentarily taking the lead, as Wehrlein elected to take his first Attack Mode of the afternoon.

By lap five, it was back to grid order as Buemi took his opening Attack Mode, resuming his race in second, behind Wehrlein, and ahead of Maximilian Günther.

On lap six, Buemi hit the front, posting a fastest lap for good measure, and two laps later, a sizeable shunt for Frijns at the final corner brought out a full-course yellow leaving just one Envision Racing car in the running.

At the restart, Buemi headed Wehrlein from Günther and the Jaguar pair of Cassidy and Evans. By lap 15, Buemi sat in second place, behind Wehrlein, and with another fastest lap to his name, followed by Cassidy in third.

For several laps the leading quartet played a waiting game, saving energy and sizing each other up as the chequered flag loomed closer, with Evans and Vergne looking to join the party. 

The first major change came on lap 25 of the originally set race duration of 35 laps, as Wehrlein seemed to pull a gap of over two seconds on Buemi, who came under some serious pressure from Cassidy’s Jaguar. With the race extended to 37 laps, with two added for the earlier full course yellow, it was all to play for. 

At the start of the penultimate lap, Buemi trailed Wehrlein who looked all set for the victory, but had established a comfortable lead over Cassidy in third. By the beginning of the final lap Buemi looked all set for a podium finish to kick off his season.

And at the chequered flag it was a well-deserved second pace in the record books for the Envision Racing driver, behind eventual winner Wehrlein and ahead of Cassidy. 

“It was a smooth race and qualifying was the key as it is quite difficult to pass here,” said Buemi.

“We had a clean race and Pascal was fast. I knew he was under investigation so I didn’t push too much and I am happy with P2.

“It would have been risky to have tried to overtake him, so I decided to settle for second and the points.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 28pts
2. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts
3. Nick Cassidy, 16pts
4. Maximilian Günther, 12pts
5. Mitch Evans, 10pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Porsche Formula E Team, 28pts
2. Jaguar TCS Racing, 26pts
3. Envision Racing, 18pts
4. Maserati, 12pts
5. Penske, 12pts

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Season Preview: Envision Racing set for title defence and more in 2024

A new driver line-up but the goal remains the same for Envision Racing as Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicks off…

As well as being one of the most dramatic seasons in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 9 also saw Envision Racing claim four race wins en route to a maiden Teams’ Championship crown.

With a refreshed driver line-up for Season 10, the hunger is there to retain the title and add the Drivers’ Championship to the team’s expanding trophy cabinet as the GEN3 era enters its second year.

Nick Cassidy came close to securing a maiden Drivers’ Championship title for himself and Envision Racing in 2023. Back-to-back victories in Berlin and Monaco, followed by wins in Portland and then in the season finale in London, placed the Kiwi driver just 13 points shy of eventual champion Jake Dennis.

All season long, team-mate and former champion Sébastien Buemi acted as a stellar wingman, bagging pole positions and – despite some rotten luck – also managing to bring home major points, including a podium in the season’s penultimate race, to help seal the Teams’ Championship for Envision Racing.

For Season 10, Buemi will be paired up with two-time E-Prix winner and endurance racing legend Robin Frijns. The Dutch driver returns to Envision Racing after a memorable first spell with the team to complete one of the strongest driver line-ups in global motorsport.

Can the multi-talented pair bring home more silverware in 2024?

All eyes on Mexico

For the second year in a row, the legendary Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit on the outskirts of Mexico City will provide the stage for the first of 16 races in 2024.

The 2.63km circuit is a test for both drivers and teams, with long straights and a tight, twisty stadium section absolutely packed with fans.

Last year Jake Dennis triumphed, as Buemi brought his Envision Racing machine home in a solid sixth, with Cassidy claiming important points in eighth.

In 2024, Buemi and Frijns will be looking to start the year strong before heading to Saudi Arabia for a crucial double-header at the end of January.

Frijns Reunited

A familiar face joins Envision Racing for 2024. Robin Frijns has won three of the world’s most iconic races in the shape of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and raced for Envision Racing in Formula E for four seasons between 2018 and 2022.

Following a season with the Abt Cupra team that was heavily affected by a broken wrist sustained at the season-opening race in Mexico, Frijns is raring to go amid familiar surroundings. In Season 8, his last for Envision Racing, the man from Maastricht claimed four podium finishes en route to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Frijns has stated that returning to Envision Racing “really does feel like coming home,” and alongside Buemi will be keen to get back to fighting at the front and adding to his tally of race wins.

Buemi in the hunt for title number two


Sébastien Buemi has been a part of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship since its inaugural season in 2014, and became champion in Season 2. In fact, in his first six campaigns in the all-electric racing series, the Swiss driver never finished outside the top four in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

With 13 E-Prix wins and 16 pole positions on his CV, Buemi is the cream of the crop in the sport and, despite a couple of frustrating seasons, has continued to show the pace to remain a title contender on everyone’s radar.

Buemi won a staggering fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans title last year, and will be looking to return to winning ways in Formula E at the wheel of his Envision Racing Jaguar I-Type 6 in 2024.

Hello Japan

There’s an exciting new addition to the calendar for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. For the first time, Envision Racing and its rivals will be doing battle in Japan.

The Tokyo E-Prix will mark the first time an FIA World Championship has visited the Japanese capital city in the form of a challenging 2.58km, 18-turn layout, scheduled to take place on 30 March.

As Tokyo joins the Formula E party, Cape Town, Jakarta, Hyderabad and Rome will not host races in 2024.

Following a hugely popular single-race debut in the Pacific Northwest in 2023, Formula E returns to Portland for a double-header in the series’ only visit to the United States. Last year Nick Cassidy triumphed for Envision Racing to set up a thrilling climax to the season. Can the team win again in Oregon with Buemi or Frijns at the wheel?

As well heading to Japan, Envision Racing returns to China for the first time since the Sanya E-Prix in the 2018–19 season in the shape of the Shanghai E-Prix. This will be the first time Formula E has competed in Shanghai following a two-year stint racing in Beijing.

New Italian challenge

Whilst Rome is sadly omitted from the calendar for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, an Italian challenge remains! Say goodbye to the streets of the Eternal City, and hello to the challenge of the iconic Misano circuit in Italy, which will host the second doubleheader of the year.

Located on the picturesque Adriatic coast, the Misano circuit has long proved a favourite with fans and riders of two-wheeled motorsport, and will be a rare chance for the GEN3 machines to race on a permanent circuit.

The track consists of several challenging and sweeping corners and tricky hairpins, which will be crucial to get right in both qualifying and the race, which will take place on the 13 and 14 April.

2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar

1 Mexico City E-Prix – 13 January
2 Diriyah E-Prix – 26 January
3 Diriyah E-Prix – 27 January
4 Sao Paulo E-Prix – 16 March
5 Tokyo E-Prix – 30 March
6 Misano Adriatico E-Prix – 13 April
7 Misano Adriatico E-Prix – 14 April
8 Monaco E-Prix – 27 April
9 Berlin E-Prix – 11 May
10 Berlin E-Prix – 12 May
11 Shanghai E-Prix – 25 May
12 Shanghai E-Prix – 26 May
13 Portland E-Prix – 29 June
14 Portland E-Prix – 30 June
15 London E-Prix – 20 July
16 London E-Prix – 21 July


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Pre-season Testing: Envision Racing’s title defence starts now!

After tasting championship-winning glory last year, the Envision Racing crew head to Valencia for pre-season testing with a focus on going even better in 2024.

London, late July 2023. It seems like an age ago now when Envision Racing claimed a maiden world title on home soil, at the London E-Prix, sealing the Teams’ Championship and narrowly missing out on a clean sweep and winning the Drivers’ Championship as well.

Memories of the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will last forever, but the focus is now on 2024, and going one better with Envision Racing’s world-beating Jaguar I-Type 6 machine, as Formula E enters the second season of GEN3 racing.

ALL CHANGE AT ENVISION RACING FOR 2024

In 2023, from Mexico, to the United Kingdom, via familiar circuits such as Saudi Arabia, Berlin, Monaco and brand new venues, including Hyderabad, Portland, Cape Town and São Paulo both Envision Racing drivers battled at the front. 

Kiwi racer Nick Cassidy emerged as a genuine title contender with the Green Machine, winning four races and only losing out to eventual Drivers’ Champion Jake Dennis at the final round of the season in dramatic fashion.

In his first year with Envision Racing, team-mate Sébastien Buemi overcame a tumultuous campaign strewn with bad-luck moments to deliver a brace of pole positions and a vital haul of points which helped seal the Team’s Championship.

As the team heads to Valencia for pre-season testing, Buemi remains an Envision Racing driver as Cassidy moves on to pastures new with Jaguar, replaced by familiar face Robin Frijns.

The Dutch driver spent four seasons at Envision Racing, and returns to the team after a year away racing for the ABT Cupra team and is hungry for success in 2024.

ROOKIES TO THE FRONT IN VALENCIA

 

Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship doesn’t get underway in anger until the season-opening Mexico City E-Prix, which takes place in January. However, for the teams and drivers, things very much kick-off at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, just outside the eastern Spanish city of Valencia on Monday 23 October.

Last year it was a case of getting used to the lighter, faster, and more efficient GEN3 era cars. This year the teams will have a better understanding of what they are working with, and an attempt to refine the machinery ahead of a long and challenging campaign.

This year’s Valencia test will see all teams nominate a rookie who has never driven a GEN3 in a Formula E race to take part in the action. Selected rookies must complete at least three hours of the available 18 to teams this week.

For Envision Racing, British-South Korean Jack Aitken will step into the Jaguar I-Type 6 on Wednesday to complete a batch of laps and feedback valuable information to the team, as well as further his understanding of a GEN3 Formula E machine.

Ex-Formula One racer Aitken previously tested with the team at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin back in April 2023, subsequently taking part in the first free practice session at the Rome E-Prix the same year.

Aitken and all the rookies will be testing alongside the full-time racers as the teams look to get everything in place before the lights go out in Mexico City to kick off the 2023–24 Formula E World Championship.

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Envision Racing are Formula E World Champions!

Victory for Nick Cassidy in the final race of the season gives Envision Racing the Formula E Teams’ Championship on home soil after a sensational London E-Prix.

Both Envision Racing and Jaguar Racing started the final race of the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in London level on points in the Teams’ Championship standings. And after a delay of an hour and a half due to heavy rain, Nick Cassidy kept his cool and executed a masterful drive, leading from start to finish, to beat Mitch Evans and secure first place in the Teams’ Championship standings for Envision Racing.

Cassidy’s team-mate Sébastien Buemi played his part, fending off Jaguar’s Sam Bird to come home sixth and solidify Envision Racing’s triumph.

Sunday’s drama started in qualifying as Cassidy narrowly beat Evans to claim pole position and bag three vital points ahead of the weekend’s second race. In the race itself, Cassidy was untouchable, shrugging off the rain delay to lead from the front and bring home Envision Racing’s maiden Teams’ Championship title.

It is fitting that the titanic, season-long fight between the two Jaguar-powered teams came to an exciting conclusion in the English capital, underlining what has been a sometimes dominant campaign for the powertrain. In all, four Jaguar-powered drivers finished in the top eight of the Drivers’ Championship order.

QUALIFYING

Both Envision Racing drivers competed in Group A of qualifying, and the battle with Jaguar immediately got underway. The best time of the session was set by Cassidy, with Buemi ending up third fastest, and the Jaguar of Sam Bird in fourth.

With intermittent rain falling on the outside portion of ExCel London, Buemi took on newly-crowned champion Jake Dennis in the first quarter-final. And it was Dennis who prevailed by 0.008 seconds in a thrilling duel. Buemi would end up seventh on the grid.

Envision Racing’s Cassidy faced Bird in an all-Jaguar-powered face-off, beating the British driver and progressing to the semi-finals, setting up a duel with erstwhile title rival Dennis.  

Cassidy edged out Dennis, keeping his cool to make the final. The big question was could the Kiwi claim pole position? The answer was yes. Fittingly, it was Cassidy up against Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, and it was Cassidy who won a thrilling fight by just 0.003 seconds to claim pole and hand Envision Racing the lead in the Team’s Championship ahead of the race.  

THE RACE

When the race eventually started after a lengthy delay due to heavy rain and several safety car laps, Cassidy emerged from the dry indoor section of ExCel London in the lead as the field headed onto the very wet outdoor portion of the circuit amid considerable spray and limited visibility.Cassidy slithered around the first lap, which equated to lap six following the initial safety car intervention, followed by Evans and Norman Nato. 

By lap 10, Cassidy had used all his skill and experience of wet weather racing to establish a lead of over two seconds, allowing him to take Attack Mode and remain in the lead, as team-mate Buemi held on to seventh behind the Jaguar Racing machine of Bird.

At the halfway point, Cassidy set the fastest lap of the race, as he extended his advantage over Evans. 10 laps later, Cassidy looked comfortable at the head of the field, maintaining a three second gap over his fellow Kiwi as the track dried. Further back, Bird started to hassle Buemi for sixth place, momentarily passing before Buemi snatched back the place on lap 28 and pulled away.

 

Back at the front, the gap between leader Cassidy and second place man Evans ebbed and flowed. And with four laps added to the original 34-lap duration things were tense as the race and the season approached its climax.

At the chequered flag, Cassidy crossed the line first to claim his fourth victory of the year, securing the Teams’ Championship for Envision Racing and leapfrogging Evans to take second place in the Drivers’ Championship standings. Behind the victorious ‘Driver of the Race’ Cassidy, Buemi came home sixth to add more points to Envision Racing’s winning tally and end up sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.

“Ultimately I am very, very happy. I did the business for the team and I am proud of what we have achieved,” said Cassidy. “Envision Racing are an incredible bunch of people and they worked so hard. These guys have been so close on so many occasions, which shows how strong they are in this championship, so to finally get it done is absolutely fantastic.”

Speaking after the landmark win, Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director & CTO at Envision Racing Formula E Team said: “We started competing in Formula E nine years ago, and we’ve been close a few times. We have won many races, scored the highest number of points in the history of Formula E, but this championship is what we wanted to achieve. It has been an amazing season. I am so happy with the team, they are the best!”

“I am very pleased to have helped Envision Racing win the Teams’ championship,” stated Buemi. “Today was a good result after the rain and tricky conditions, It has been a long hard season with plenty of ups and downs, and this is deserved by the whole team.”

Teams’ standings (after Rd 16):
1. Envision Racing, 304pts
2. Jaguar Racing, 292pts
3. Avalanche Andretti, 252pts
4. Porsche Formula E Team, 242pts
5. DS Penske, 163pts

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 16):
1. Jake Dennis, 229pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 199pts
3. Mitch Evans, 197pts
4. Pascal Wehrlein, 149pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 107pts
6. Sébastien Buemi, 105pts

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Sebastien Buemi secures vital London E-Prix podium

Envision Racing focus on bringing home the Team’s Championship after drama and disappointment underlined the weekend’s opening race.

Sébastien Buemi emerged from a dramatic, double red-flagged first race of the season-ending London E-Prix weekend with a hard-fought third place, and his first podium finish of the season. 

Things got underway in London with a stellar start for Drivers’ Championship challenger Nick Cassidy and team-mate Buemi. Both Envision Racing drivers were flying in formation throughout the opening laps, and everything looked good, as Cassidy held the lead, with Buemi running second, allowing the New Zealander to pull away.

Everything changed as the race approached the halfway point. A broken front wing also broke the heart of Cassidy, ending his title-winning aspirations. With Cassidy eventually forced to retire, Buemi took up the charge to keep the fight for the Teams’ Championship on the boil, and Envision Racing remain on top of the standings with one race remaining.

Things had turned out pretty well for Cassidy in qualifying. After posting the fastest time in practice, once again the Envision Racing driver made his way into the duels, only to face team-mate Buemi for the third time this season.

Cassidy prevailed, and went on to battle fellow Kiwi Mitch Evans in the final.

Despite losing out to Evans, the Jaguar driver was handed a five-place grid penalty due to his involvement in that dramatic incident in Rome last time out, meaning Cassidy would claim a vital pole, with title rival Dennis second, and Buemi third.

THE RACE

All four championship contenders started the weekend’s opening race in the top seven, and it was Cassidy who led into the opening sequence of corners, as Buemi heroically barged his way into second and past Dennis.

Envision Racing ended the opening lap running one-two, ahead of Dennis. With Buemi acting as a rear gunner, team-mate Cassidy could breathe a little easier in the opening phase of the race. Behind the leading quartet, Rene Rast and Evans looked keen to unseat Dennis from the final podium place.

By lap five, with Buemi backing the pack up, Cassidy streaked to a lead over over a second, allowing the Envision Racing driver to take Attack Mode and rejoin in the lead. Two laps later, Dennis was demoted to fourth by a racy Evans, as up front Cassidy took a second Attack Mode phase, regaining the lead once again.

There was further good news for Cassidy as Dennis failed to trigger his first Attack Mode phase, losing another place. Despite this, Cassidy dropped to third in a bid to save early-race energy, falling behind Buemi, as Evans assumed the lead.

On lap 11 it was all change as fortune shone on Dennis. The British driver passed Cassidy for fourth, relegating the Envision Racing driver to fifth. There was further drama two laps later as Cassidy and Buemi, hunting as a duo, muscled past Dennis. This enabled Buemi to run in third, with Cassidy following in his wheel tracks.

Disaster struck for Cassidy on lap 15. Running in fourth, the front wing became dislodged following light contact with Buemi, hampering the Envision Racing driver and sending him into the pits, effectively ending his afternoon.

As Cassidy pitted for a new wing, a safety car was called on lap 16 to clear up the subsequent debris. At the head of the field, Buemi held second as the race restarted.

With Cassidy retiring, it was left to Buemi to bag the big points in the quest for the Teams’ Championship. Entering the final 10 laps, the Swiss driver continued to pile the pressure on Evans whilst defending from Rast.

A sizeable crash for Sacha Fenestraz at Turn 13 triggered a second safety car period. Following a handful of laps, the safety car phase turned into a race stoppage and to allow barrier repairs to take place.

Following a lengthy delay, the battle was on again in a four-lap dash with Evans leading Buemi and Dennis. On the second lap of the restart, Evans took an Attack Mode phase and regained the lead as Buemi fell back to fourth. Things got considerably worse for Buemi and several other drivers as a multi-car shunt played out at Turn 14, necessitating a second red flag.  

The third start, and the second rolling start of the afternoon, saw Evans hold onto his lead from António Félix da Costa, as Buemi held fourth in pursuit of third place man Dennis in a two-lap dash to the finish.

At the chequered flag, Buemi seemingly had to settle for fourth as Evans claimed victory for Jaguar. Fourth dramatically became third for the Envision Racing driver, and a vital podium, as second place driver da Costa was hit with a three-minute time penalty.

Da Costa’s penalty promoted Dennis to second, handing him the Drivers’ Championship title, whilst Buemi’s hard work means the Team’s Championship is very much alive heading into the final race of an epic season.

 

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London E-Prix Preview: Two races remain, two titles up for grabs in the UK

Envision Racing head to a dramatic season conclusion to Season 9 at the London E-Prix this weekend with everything still to play for…

The 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been an absolute cracker. With dramatic twists and turns a Hollywood script writer would struggle to match (even if they weren’t currently on strike…), it all comes down to the two final races at the unique ExCeL Centre in London.

Ahead of the season-ending double-header in the UK capital, Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy lies second in the Drivers’ Championship standings, 24 points adrift of leader Jake Dennis. But it could have been so different, had it not been for forces outside of his control, and subsequent drama last time out in Rome.

With a maximum of 54 points up for grabs in the final two races, nothing is decided just yet. Last year Cassidy claimed a top-three finish in London and, with seven visits to the podium this year including a hat-trick of victories, the Kiwi is no stranger to success in recent times.

He will be fired up to bring home every point possible at what is Envision Racing’s home track.

As well as a shot at winning a maiden Drivers’ title, Envision Racing are in a strong position in the battle for a first Teams’ Championship crown. Thanks to points bagged by Cassidy and team-mate Sébastien Buemi in testing conditions last time out in Rome, the team lead the standings heading to London with a healthy 14-point lead over Porsche.

With both drivers showing race-winning pace and a home crowd to spur them on, Envision Racing will have every incentive to go all out for glory at ExCeL London.

THE CHALLENGE IN LONDON

Formula E racing in London provides a singular challenge. Featuring a unique indoor starting grid, the pitlane, pit garages and the opening sequence of corners are all housed under the roof of ExCeL London. This tight series of corners has provided a place for much drama in recent years, and could well see some decisive action in 2023.

From the twisty start to the lap, the ultra smooth indoor surface makes way for the bumpy and abrasive great outdoors, including a slippery metal strip, as the surrounds of London’s brutalist Docklands loom into view.     

The drivers will battle it out next to the River Thames, negotiating a set of chicanes and elevation changes, before the circuit opens out into a mixture of flowing turns and right right-handers. 

As well as the ups and downs of this one-off challenge, the drivers also have to deal with changes in light as the outdoors makes way for the darkness and artificial lighting of the arena. 

LAST TIME OUT IN ROME

The double-header in the Italian capital certainly delivered drama and a suitably gladiatorial battle between the main Drivers’ Championship title contenders Cassidy and Dennis.

In the weekend’s opening race Cassidy drove superbly, coming from ninth on the grid to end up in the wheel tracks of eventual winner and fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans. With Dennis ending up fourth, it was very much advantage Cassidy heading into the weekend’s second race, but Saturday’s race wasn’t all fun and games for Envision Racing.

Cassidy’s team-mate Buemi was fighting back from an early race issue before coming across the stricken Jaguar of Sam Bird. With nowhere to go, the Swiss driver slammed into Bird’s car, causing extensive damage to his Jaguar I-Type 6 machine, and following the inevitable red flag and lengthy clean up, just 13 cars restarted from the original 21.

After an incredible all-night repair job from the Envision Racing team, somehow Buemi not only made the grid for Sunday’s race, but also progressed to the duels in qualifying for the second consecutive day. He rewarded his team’s hard work with a stellar fifth at the flag as it was Cassidy’s turn to suffer.

Looking for the lead from Dennis on lap two, Cassidy was hit from behind by a wayward Evans. In an unfortunate and spectacular crash, the Jaguar was sent flying over the Envision Racing machine, compromising Cassidy’s race and any hope of victory.

As a result, the best the championship leader could hope for was 14th, as Dennis went on to win and retake a strong lead in the standings.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Jake Dennis, 195pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 171pts
3. Mitch Evans, 151pts
4. Pascal Wehrlein, 146pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 107pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 82pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Envision Racing, 253pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 239pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 228pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 218pts
5. DS Penske, 15pts

RANDOM FACT

For the 2012 Summer Olympics, ExCeL London was divided into five sports halls, with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 spectators, that were used for boxing, fencing, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. 

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ROUND 15

28 July: Free Practice 1 – 17:00 – 17:45

29 July: Free Practice 2 – 10:30 – 11:15

29 July: Qualifying – 12:40 – 13:55

29 July: Race – 17:03 – 18:30

ROUND 16

30 July: Free Practice 3 – 10:30 – 11:00

30 July: Qualifying – 12:40 – 13:55

30 July: Race – 17:03 – 18:30

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Cassidy forced to fight back after more drama in Rome

A tough round 14 ended up with no points for Cassidy as Buemi bounced back to take a fantastic 5th 

It was another scorching hot day in the Italian capital, and the race came to the boil on lap two. With Cassidy running second and looking to take an early lead from championship rival and eventual race winner Jake Dennis, Mitch Evans hit Cassidy’s Envision Racing machine in a dramatic-looking crash and an unfortunate incident, effectively ending Evans’ race and Cassidy’s quest for victory.

Somehow, Cassidy managed to keep his cool and rejoin and an unlikely points finish looked on the cards, but despite a tenacious fight back, there were to be no points for his 14th place finish, as the gap to Dennis at the championship summit increased to 24 points with just two races left this season.

For Buemi and Envision Racing the outcome of the second race of the weekend was the culmination of an incredible piece of teamwork. 24 hours previous and Buemi’s car lay in tatters following a huge multi-car shunt. The team worked through the night to rebuild the Swiss driver’s racer, and he repaid them with fifth at the flag, and valuable points to keep the team top of the Teams’ Championship with just two races in London remaining.

QUALIFYING

Hitting the track in qualifying Group A, Cassidy immediately sailed to the top of the timesheets. And that’s where the Kiwi racer stayed until the dying seconds, ending up second, signalling his intent for the afternoon, and sailing into the duels.

The fact that Buemi made it into qualifying was a minor miracle. The Envision Team did an incredible job to repair his severely damaged car following a huge crash in the opening race of the weekend and the Swiss driver set the pace in the early phase of qualifying. Buemi ended Group B qualifying a superb second fastest, making the knock-out phase for the second consecutive day.

Cassidy faced Dan Ticktum in the opening quarter-final, beating the British driver and progressing into the semi-finals. Cassidy’s Envision Racing team-mate Buemi took on Norman Nato in his quarter-final, only to make a rare error, handing the win to the Nissan driver and ending up eighth on the grid.

Cassidy faced his fellow New Zealander Evans in the first semi-final, and after a close one-lap face off Cassidy was imperious and made the final for the first time in 2023. The big question was, could he take the pole position?

The answer was no, but it was close. Racing against title rival Dennis, who secured the three valuable points for claiming pole position, the Envision Racing driver couldn’t quite match his quarry, but ensured a second place starting slot for the second race of the weekend.

THE RACE

When the lights went out to start round 14 of the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, it was Dennis who made the best start, followed by Cassidy who was passed halfway around the opening lap by Nato. Behind, Buemi dropped two places, running in 10th throughout the opening laps.

Cassidy retook second place, relegating Nato to third, and then fourth, as Evans passed to set about hassling the Envision Racing man. Cassidy was forced to apply some deft defensive skills to resist his fellow Kiwi as he looked to reel in Dennis up front.

Any hope of a fourth win of the season for Cassidy came to a dramatic end on lap two. An out of control Evans spun into the rear of Cassidy at Turn 7 as ahead, the Envision Racing driver looked to pass Dennis for the lead. The resulting contact sent the Jaguar flying over Cassidy’s car, which was forced down the escape road.

Remarkably, Cassidy managed to rejoin the race as a safety car was called to bunch up the pack. Even more remarkably, the previously airborne Evans pitted and rejoined the race, only to retire after a handful of laps. When the dust settled, Cassidy found himself in 18th with team-mate Buemi running sixth, focused on bagging vital points in the Teams’ Championship.

By lap 10 Cassidy fought back to 11th, one place outside the points, as Buemi slotted into fourth place with the race lead well within view. Up front Dennis and Sam Bird battled hard for the lead.

Buemi took his first Attack Mode phase on lap 17, dropping from fourth to sixth, as Dennis headed the race, followed by Nato and Bird, and in short order Buemi as he reclaimed fourth. Two laps later, Buemi took a longer six minutes of Attack Mode, rejoining in fifth behind the Maserati of Edoardo Mortara.

As the drivers started the final lap, Cassidy’s quest for points looked to be just out of reach as the Envision Racing driver held 13th place. Further ahead Buemi pursued Mortara for fourth, but was forced to settle for fifth as Dennis took the victory ahead of Nato and Bird. Cassidy ended his Rome E-Prix in 14th.

With two races left in what has been a thrilling season, all eyes turn to Envision Racing’s home race at London ExCeL, and both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles are still well within reach.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Jake Dennis, 195pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 171pts
3. Mitch Evans, 151pts
4. Pascal Wehrlein, 146pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 107pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 82pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Envision Racing, 253pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 239pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 228pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 218pts
5. DS Penske, 153pts