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More points for Envision Racing in Shanghai as Frijns surges through the pack

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns went from 20th to 9th and a return to the points as team-mate Sébastien Buemi battled from the back of the grid to 12th 

With both cars starting near the foot of the grid, the second race of the Shanghai E-Prix was always going to be a tough one for the Green Machine.

Despite starting down in 20th, Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns employed a smart race strategy to keep out of trouble at the start, save energy and pick off his rivals one by one over the course of the weekend’s second race in Shanghai.

And at the chequered flag, the Dutch driver was rewarded with ninth place, two points and plenty to build on as the team heads to North America for the double-header race weekend in Portland.

In Saturday’s opening race of the Shanghai E-Prix weekend, it was Frijns’ team-mate Sébastien Buemi who brought home some world championship points by finishing eighth.

In Sunday’s race, the Swiss driver enjoyed a similar route from the back of the field to the front as team-mate Frijns, however the former champion could fare no better than 12th.

THE RACE

At the start of Round 12, Stoffel Vandoorne snatched the lead from polesitter Jake Hughes as the rest of the field filtered through the opening sequence of corners without incident. Frijns and Buemi ended the opening lap in the final two positions.

The Envision Racing pair started to make progress on lap four, with Frijns moving up to 17th place, and Buemi one position to 21st. Up front, Norman Nato cycled to the lead as the race settled into its rhythm.

By lap 10 of the scheduled 29-lap race duration, António Félix da Costa led for the first time as Frijns made further progress, running in 15th, and looking to catch and pass reigning champion Jake Dennis in 14th place. Which he did halfway around the lap, claiming 14th, and edging closer to the points.

14th place became 13th for Frijns on lap 11, and two laps later Frijns hit the top 10 as Envision Racing team-mate Buemi held 17th.

Looking fast and aggressive, over the course of several laps, Frijns looked to take ninth place from Nyck de Vries, as Buemi made good progress, running in 14th. Frijns claimed ninth from de Vries on lap 19, putting him within sight of the leading pack.

There was late-race drama for Frijns at the chicane as he was hit by McLaren’s Sam Bird, forcing  the Envision Racing man to take evasive action, but crucially hanging on to ninth place as Buemi’s progress pulled him up to 12th position.

Starting the 29th and final lap, Frijns held ninth, behind the Maserati of Max Günther, and that is where the Envision Racing driver would end his first Shanghai E-Prix.

The result marked Frijns’ first points since his second place finish at the Diriyah E-Prix, as Buemi, despite a great fight through the field, ended up 12th and out of the points.

At the front, da Costa claimed his second win of the year, followed by Hughes and Nato.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Nick Cassidy, 167pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 142pts
3. Mitch Evans, 132pts
4. Oliver Rowland, 131pts
5. Jake Dennis, 113pts
14. Sébastien Buemi, 24pts
15. Robin Frijns, 23pts
22. Joel Eriksson, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 299pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 226pts
3. Nissan, 157pts
4. DS Penske, 154pts
5. Andretti Formula E 153, pts
8. Envision Racing, 49pts

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Envision Racing’s first race in Shanghai ends with points and plenty of promise

Robin Frijns battled at the front during a promising start to the Shanghai E-Prix double-header weekend as Sébastien Buemi claimed valuable points in the end

With both regular drivers back behind the wheel, it was Frijns who rediscovered Envision Racing’s championship-winning speed at the inaugural Shanghai E-Prix. Qualifying ninth, the man from Maastricht hit the front of the pack throughout the early stages of the race and briefly led.

By the time of the chequered flag, however, it was team-mate Sébastien Buemi who had brought home the points. Buemi endured a difficult start to the opening race of the double-header weekend, managing overcome adversity to find speed and combine wise energy saving to claim 10th place over the finish line.

After penalties elsewhere, however, that was quickly upgraded to P8.

Despite looking the most likely of the Envision Racing duo to score points, Frijns’ fight for a potential top five finish ended with a spin, but both drivers can carry momentum into the weekend’s second race on Sunday.

THE RACE

Starting 9th under grey skies and heavy humidity, when the lights went out, Frijns headed the Envision Racing charge into the first corner. The Dutch driver made a lightning start, moving up two places and into seventh as pole position-winner Jean-Éric Vergne maintained his lead on the expansive Shanghai International Circuit.

By the end of lap one Frijns seized fifth, as team-mate Buemi slipped two places from his starting slot of 12th to 14th. An aggressive Frijns sensationally snatched the lead on lap three, leading Pascal Wehrlein before taking Attack Mode at the beginning of lap four and dropping to fourth. At the sharp end of the field, a game of high-speed chess was shaping up as the drivers employed a mixture of speed and strategy  to save energy throughout the early stages.

By lap 10 of 29, Frijns had dropped down to 12th with a second Attack Mode phase initiated. The Envision Racing man used his additional power to climb up to eighth on lap 11 as Nyck de Vries hit the front.

At the halfway mark, Frijns found himself in fifth, challenging Vergne for fourth as Mitch Evans led the field in the Jaguar, swapping first place with Wehrlein. With the pack racing formation prevalent throughout the top 10, Frijns held seventh entering the final 10 laps and engaged in a tight battle with Vergne.

Any hope of a return to the points took a severe dent on lap 21. Frijns dropped from a strong eighth place, finding himself way down the field after spinning, but recovering to hold on to 16th place. The Envision Racing driver ended up behind team-mate Buemi who had made progress after a difficult afternoon in Shanghai to run in 13th, with plenty of energy saved, and an outside chance of claiming points.

With more energy than Stoffel Vandoorne in 10th, the Swiss driver snatched 10th on the final lap (before eventually leapfrogging to 8th), claiming a crucial point for Envision Racing, and with it, plenty of positives from the opening race of the Shanghai E-Prix weekend.

Frijns came home in 14th, and will be looking to recover and score points on Sunday.

Following an entertaining battle for the victory it was Evans who prevailed ahead of Wehrlein and Nick Cassidy. 

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 11):
1. Nick Cassidy, 155pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 142pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 130pts
4. Mitch Evans, 122pts
5. Jake Dennis, 111pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 21pts
22. Joel Eriksson, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 11):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 277pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 211pts
3. Nissan, 156pts
4. DS Penske, 136pts
5. Andretti Formula E 135, pts
8. Envision Racing, 44pts

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Buemi and Frijns back in the hot seat for a brand new challenge

A double-header awaits Envision Racing as Formula E goes to China for the first ever Shanghai E-Prix

Whilst the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has raced numerous times in China in both Beijing and Sanya, this year will see the drivers do battle in Shanghai for the first time. In fact, the first ever Formula E race was hosted in Beijing way back in 2014, and returns to the country after a five-year hiatus.

And for the first time since the Misano E-Prix, the two races taking place over the Shanghai E-Prix weekend will be hosted on a permanent race track in the shape of the Shanghai International Circuit. 

After missing out on the Berlin E-Prix due to conflicting racing schedules, Robin Frijns and Sébastien Buemi return to Formula E action, raring to go out and battle for big points.

The Shanghai meet will be the second of four double-header race weekends to finish off the season, so there is still plenty to play for.

The challenge in Shanghai

Inspired by the Chinese character for ‘ascend,’ the Shanghai International Circuit, designed by Herman Tilke, debuted in 2004 for the Chinese Grand Prix. Now, two decades later, it prepares for an all-electric show.

The Shanghai E-Prix features a unique layout utilising a part of the iconic West Loop section, and the lap begins with a dramatic first turn, tightening as drivers navigate the flowing turns 2-4 complex. 

After a high-speed blast, drivers will have to be hot on the brakes to tackle the hairpin at Turn 6 before entering a rhythmic sequence leading to the final right-left-right chicane. This electrifying 3km course promises to reward a good car set up, bravery and canny energy saving. 

Last time out 

This year’s Berlin E-Prix clashed with the Spa Francorchamps round of the World Endurance Championship, a series in which Envision Racing’s Frijns and Buemi both compete. This meant that the team welcomed two new drivers in the hot seat for the unforgiving challenge of the harsh concrete surface of the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit.

Swedish Formula E returnee Joel Erikkson and rookie Paul Aron stepped into the pressure cooker of an E-Prix and both did a stellar job over the weekend’s two races.

In the opening race of the weekend Eriksson looked quick, moving up from the rear of the field and challenging for points until being forced to retire. This left team-mate Aron to lead the Envision Racing charge, and the debutant drove artfully and maturely. Keeping out of trouble, a points finish looked on the cards until the final few corners, and at the chequered flag, Aron had to settle for 13th.

The weekend’s second and final race was preceded by a stellar qualifying performance from Eriksson who narrowly missed out on the duels, and lined up 11th on the grid.

If Aron was the shining light for Envision Racing on Saturday, Eriksson proved to be positively illuminating on Sunday. The Swede mixed speed and aggression to avoid multiple incidents and accidents to climb as high as eighth by the midpoint of the race.

Entering the final few laps, Eriksson held ninth place, and looked comfortable, even fending off former champion Jean-Éric Vergne to take two crucial points, and Envision Racing’s first since the Tokyo E-Prix.

Aron capped off a great Formula E debut, crossing the line in 14th with bags of experience earned.

Where and when to catch the Shanghai E-Prix

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Round 11

Free Practice 1 Friday 24 May – 09:55 – 10:45

Free Practice 2 Saturday 25 May – 00:55 – 01:45

Qualifying Saturday 25 May – 03:20 – 04:43

 

E-Prix Saturday 25 May 08:03 – 09:30

Round 12

Free Practice 3 Friday 26 May – 00:05 – 07:30

Qualifying Saturday 26 May – 03:20 – 04:43

E-Prix Saturday 12 May 08:03 – 09:30

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 10):
1. Nick Cassidy, 140pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 124pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 118pts
4. Jake Dennis, 102pts
5. Mitch Evans, 97pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts
22. Joel Eriksson, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 10):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 237pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 183pts
3. Nissan, 144pts
4. DS Penske, 127pts
5. Andretti Formula E 126, pts
8. Envision Racing, 43pts

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Vital points in Berlin and plenty of promise from Eriksson and Aron

Envision Racing’s stand-in drivers showed speed and skill in the German capital and 9th place for Eriksson means a return to the points for the team

With Envision Racing’s regular racers Sébastien Buemi and Robin Frijns watching from the sidelines, it was up to their replacements to battle for the points in the second and final race of the Berlin E-Prix. 

Joel Eriksson narrowly missed out on the duels in qualifying, ending up an excellent 11th on the grid. And after 41 laps of the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit, Eriksson claimed a stellar ninth-place finish in just his third ever E-Prix, and with bringing an end to Envision Racing’s points drought.

After challenging for points in his Formula E debut on Saturday, Eriksson’s team-mate Paul Aron ended his Berlin E-Prix weekend in a creditable 14th place after starting 19th on the grid.

Round 10 of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship got underway under blue Berlin skies, and by the end of the opening lap, Cassidy assumed the lead from polesitter Jake Dennis, with Envision Racing’s Eriksson moving up into 10th, and team-mate Aron holding 19th.

By lap five, Pascal Wehrlein cycled into the lead of the race, as further down the field Eriksson kept out of trouble in 12th, looking to make a move into the points-paying positions.

The early stages of the race revealed a contrast to Saturday’s close-quarter pack racing, with the field more spread out.

Five laps later, however, the field closed up, especially at the sharp end as the gloves came off and the action heated up. Maserati’s Maximilian Günther became a victim of the frantic action on lap 11, ending up stricken on the track with damage, triggering a safety car, and neutralising the field with Eriksson in 14th, and Aron in 18th.

With the action back under way, António Félix da Costa and Porsche team-mate Wehrlein swapped the lead before Cassidy split the pair as the race approached the halfway point. Looking to make progress, Envision Racing’s Eriksson dropped to 15th with Aron in 19th.

Both Envision Racing drivers found themselves line astern on lap 25, and were both given a two place boost as Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz came to blows. As a result of the contact, Eriksson jumped to 12th, with Aron just behind in 13th.

Following the inevitable safety car phase, with da Costa leading, both Envision Racing drivers maintained their places for a lap with Eriksson looking to claim 11th from McLaren’s fellow stand-in driver Taylor Barnard.

By lap 35 of the scheduled 38 lap race, Eriksson moved up to 11th – just one place away from the points and with a great view of the increasingly manic battle for the lead. With three laps added due to the earlier safety car phases, a points finish started to look more than possible for Eriksson.

And on lap 36, Eriksson snatched 10th place from former champion Jean-Éric Vergne. Two laps later, 10th became ninth. The big question was, could the Swedish driver hang on for vital points?

The answer was yes. Eriksson brought his Jaguar I-Type 6 home in ninth to score his first ever points in Formula E, and claim Envision Racing’s first points finish since the Tokyo E-Prix in March.

Team-mate Aron capped a steady race, ending up 14th, as da Costa won from Cassidy and Oliver Rowland in third.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 10):
1. Nick Cassidy, 140pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 124pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 118pts
4. Jake Dennis, 102pts
5. Mitch Evans, 97pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts
22. Joel Eriksson, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 10):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 237pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 183pts
3. Nissan, 144pts
4. DS Penske, 127pts
5. Andretti Formula E 126, pts
8. Envision Racing, 43pts

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A solid start to the weekend in Berlin for Envision Racing’s super subs

Joel Eriksson and Paul Aron performed well in the opening race of the Berlin E-Prix weekend with Aron running in the points to cap a mature and speedy display

With Envision Racing’s regular chargers Sébastien Buemi and Robin Frijns occupied by the World Endurance Championship this weekend, it was left to a Formula E returnee and a rookie to take the wheel for the team at the Berlin E-Prix for the opening race of the double-header weekend. 

And after 46 laps of the punishing Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit, Joel Eriksson drove like an experienced hand on his Formula E return, running in the points until an early race retirement ended his first outing of the weekend. His team-mate Paul Aron was left to lead the Envision Racing charge, and performed superbly.

The Estonian ended his maiden E-Prix 13th, mixing it with the big boys, and narrowly missing out on the points only after suffering late contact.

Eriksson started the first race of the weekend in 18th, with Aron one place behind. By the end of the opening lap the field was headed by polesitter Edoardo Mortara, with Erikson holding 17th, and Aron 19th.

By the second lap, Eriksson moved up to 15th as Mortara led Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean-Éric Vergne. Two laps later Envision Racing’s debutant looked comfortable in 16th with Attack Mode taken. By lap five, the Swedish racer claimed 14th place, which soon became 13th with a fastest lap to boot, as team-mate Aron held 17th. On lap eight Eriksson hit the points by claiming 10th as Vergne cycled to the lead, followed by team-mate Vandoorne.

Eriksson’s return to Formula E came to a halt on lap 10, triggering a lengthy safety car period. At the restart, the only remaining Envision Racing machine, piloted by Aron, found itself in 15th.

By lap 20 of the originally scheduled 40 lap duration, Aron remained in 15th, running ahead of Jake Hughes in the McLaren, as the multi-car battle at the sharp end of the field really started to heat up.

Retirements and pit stops promoted Aron to 12th by lap 22, which became 11th one lap later – with a points-paying finish just one place further up the road. Six laps later, the Envision Racing driver took Attack Mode, dropping to 12th, but crucially maintained contact with the frantically battling top 10.

An incident for Maximilian Günther allowed Aron to sneak up into ninth before a second safety car was called. At the restart, the scrap for first somehow intensified, with multiple lead changes. Behind the chaos, Aron moved up to eighth as the leaders all tripped over  themselves.

After jumping between eighth, ninth and 10th position, Aron found himself 14th on lap 40, as six laps were added to the initial E-Prix duration. On lap 42, Aron was involved in contact with Jehan Daruvala, losing his front wing, yet gained a few places to claim 11th.

With three laps remaining, Aron moved into the points, taking 10th place, and suddenly the Estonian driver found himself in eighth place as Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy moved into the lead as the laps wound down.

Starting the final lap, Aron dropped to ninth, behind Mortara and in front of Sacha Fenestraz, who passed the Envision Racing driver, forcing him to settle for 13th at the flag.

Up front, Cassidy claimed the win ahead of Vergne and Oliver Rowland.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Nick Cassidy, 121pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 112pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 103pts
4. Jake Dennis, 89pts
5. Mitch Evans, 89pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 210pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 146pts
3. Nissan, 129pts
4. DS Penske, 126pts
5. Andretti Formula E 113, pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts

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New driver line-up for Envision Racing as team looks to bounce back in Berlin

Calendar clash means that two new drivers will lead the challenge at the Berlin E-Prix

This year marks the 10th time the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has raced in Berlin, and it is all change for Envision Racing in the German capital – albeit only temporarily.

Envision Racing will be making adjustments to its driver line-up for Rounds 9 and 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Berlin due to a scheduling clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

This conflict primarily impacts Round 9, as regulations prevent Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns from competing in both events on the same weekend. Although unable to race on Sunday, both drivers will be present in Berlin to support the team.

To fill the gaps, Envision Racing is excited to have Joel Eriksson and Paul Aron at the wheel for both Berlin races.

WHO IS IN FOR BERLIN?

Joel Eriksson (25): Currently honing his skills as Jaguar TCS Racing’s Test, Simulator and Reserve Driver, Eriksson steps up to race for Envision in Berlin thanks to a release agreement from Jaguar.

This Swedish racer, familiar with Envision from 2018 testing, brings valuable experience with eight Formula E races under his belt. Additionally, his knowledge of the cutting-edge GEN3 car and Jaguar powertrain will be a major advantage.

Paul Aron (20): A rising star scorching the Formula 2 scene this season, Aron joins the team while sitting in second place in the standings in Formula 1’s feeder series.

The young Estonian talent has already secured three podium finishes in his debut F2 season, marking him as a future force. His raw talent and impressive results inject a thrilling dose of youthful promise into the Envision Racing lineup.

THE CHALLENGE IN BERLIN

The Berlin E-Prix double-header marks the start of the second half of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and Envision Racing will be looking to score some vital points after a disappointing series of races.

The E-Prix gets a thrilling shakeup for Season 10 with a revamped Tempelhof Airport circuit. The iconic start/finish straight takes a dramatic shift, relocating to the opposite side of the historic concrete apron.

This change throws a unique challenge at the teams. The Tempelhof surface, a series of industrial concrete slabs designed for aircraft, rather than nimble electric racers, is notoriously abrasive. This translates to a demanding race for both drivers and engineers.

Managing energy consumption will be paramount, as the highly-grippy surface chews through tyre life. Throw in scorching summer temperatures, and Berlin promises a true test of skill and strategy.

However, the revamped layout isn’t all about headaches for the teams. The flowing circuit, known for its action-packed battles, retains its character.

Expect plenty of passing opportunities as drivers wrestle their machines around the unforgiving concrete jungle, making the Berlin E-Prix a fan and driver favourite.

WHEN TO WATCH THE BERLIN E-PRIX

(All times BST)
Round 9
Free Practice 1
Friday 10 May – 15:55 – 16:45

Free Practice 2
Saturday 11 May – 06:55 – 07:45

Qualifying
Saturday 11 May – 09:20 – 10:43

E-Prix
Saturday 11 May 14:03 – 15:00

Round 10
Free Practice 3
Friday 12 May – 07:00 – 07:30

Qualifying
Saturday 12 May – 09:20 – 10:43

E-Prix
Saturday 12 May 14:03 – 15:00

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 102pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 95pts
3. Jake Dennis, 89pts
4. Oliver Rowland, 88pts
5. Mitch Evans, 77pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 172pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
3. Andretti Formula E 113, pts
4. Nissan, 112pts
5. DS Penske, 102pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts

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No points in Monaco for Envision Racing

The reigning world champions endured a difficult Monaco E-Prix with both cars suffering damage and ending up outside the points at the finish

A strong qualifying performance from Sébastien Buemi meant the Swiss driver started the Monaco E-Prix in sixth, and by the time the pack filtered into and out of the opening right-handed Sainte Devote turn, the Envision Racing driver found himself in seventh.

Starting ninth, team-mate Robin Frijns also dropped a position – running 10th as Pascal Wehrlein headed the field.

After a relatively clean start and opening lap, a distinct energy saving formation was adopted by the entire pack with little movement in positions, or hints of any overtaking attempts. On lap four, Frijns made his way back into the top 10 after momentarily dropping down to 11th before it all went wrong for Buemi.

Following a multi-car melee at the hairpin, Buemi was forced partially airbourne and into Monaco’s unforgiving barriers. Buemi’s misfortune actually aided Frijns who made it through the chaos and up into seventh. Moments later, a safety car was triggered by a sizeable crash involving Edoardo Mortara at the Swimming Pool complex.

At the restart it was Stoffel Vandoorne up front, followed by the Jaguar pair of Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy.

Running seventh, Envision Racing’s Frijns found himself following the Maserati of Maximilian Günther only to be relegated to ninth by lap 10.

Frijns gained a place as Jake Dennis suffered a front wing incident, before falling back down to 11th, in what was becoming a rollercoaster of a race for the Dutch driver. By lap 13 of the originally slated 29, Frijns found himself in 14th with Attack Mode enabled.

Despite Buemi’s earlier incident, the Envision Racing driver battled his way back to 18th by lap 15, and due to the close-knit nature of the racing, had closed up to within sight of the midfield runners. Buemi would soon become the leading Envision Racing machine, as Frijns was forced to pit with damage on lap 17.

Following an entertaining second half of the race, and a tight battle for the major points-paying positions, at the chequered flag, Buemi’s valiant recovery drive ended in 15th place. Envision Racing team-mate Frijns concluded his weekend on the Mediterranean coast in 17th.

At the front, Evans won from Jaguar team-mate Cassidy, with Vandoorne rounding out the podium places in third.  

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 102pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 95pts
3. Jake Dennis, 89pts
4. Oliver Rowland, 88pts
5. Mitch Evans, 77pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 172pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
3. Andretti Formula E 113, pts
4. Nissan, 112pts
5. DS Penske, 102pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts

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Envision Racing look to turn things around at historic Monaco

The Monaco E-Prix has provided a happy hunting ground for Envision Racing in previous years. Can the team taste success there in Season 10?

Following the championship-winning success of last year, the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been a tough one so far for Envision Racing. Following a pointless double-header weekend in Italy for the Misano E-Prix, the attention switches to arguably the most famous place in all of motorsport: Monaco.

As a venue, the Monaco street circuit needs little introduction. 

It is one of the oldest and most prestigious races, dating back to 1929, where drivers must negotiate the narrow, winding streets with tight corners which make it incredibly demanding. Taking place right by the harbour of Monte Carlo, surrounded by luxury yachts and casinos, it is a truly unique racing spectacle, and alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, makes up the Triple Crown of motorsport.

Initially hosted on a shortened version of the famous Monaco Grand Prix Formula One circuit, the current Gen 3 Formula E cars now do their thing on the full, 3.3km layout. And, last year, former Envision Racing driver Nick Cassidy claimed a memorable victory, something the team will be looking to repeat in 2024 to get a championship challenge back on track.

Current Envision Racing driver Sébastien Buemi has won the Monaco E-Prix twice on the famous streets of Monaco. Can the Swiss ace make it a hat-trick this year?

The challenge at Monaco 

For almost a century, corners, La Rascasse, Casino Square, and the Grand Hotel Hairpin have become woven into the fabric of motorsport. Like the Mount Rushmore of racing, these legendary streets were built for the raw thrill of Formula One, and now, they’re perfectly suited for the electrifying world of Formula E.

For the past two years, the Monaco E-Prix has been nothing short of breathtaking. Fans have witnessed wheel-to-wheel battles erupt, drivers fight tooth and nail to the finish, and audacious passes pulled off in the craziest places – inches apart while climbing the energy-sapping Beau Rivage hill.

The full 3.3km circuit, with its punishing climbs and exhilarating high-speed sections, returns to test the drivers’ energy management skills to the absolute limit.

In 2023, Envision Racing came home in front after a thrilling battle between Nick Cassidy and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. Expect similar fireworks this year. 

World Exclusive: GEN3 Evo Race Car

The faster and more efficient GEN3 car was already tearing up the tracks around the world, but Formula E isn’t done yet. 

Formula E and the FIA are excited to announce the unveiling of the highly-anticipated GEN3 Evo race car. The exclusive evening launch will take place on Thursday, April 25th, in the lead-up to the 2024 Monaco E-Prix.

This means an even faster and more efficient version, the current GEN3 cars, that will be pushing the limits for drivers in Seasons 11 and 12. Get ready for even closer racing and some seriously impressive tech that will showcase how fast and cutting edge all-electric racing can be.

Last time out at the Misano E-Prix

It is safe to say that the inaugural Misano E-Prix was one to forget for Envision Racing. Despite strong pace in practice and Robin Frijns making the duels for race two, a double retirement in Sunday’s race capped a disappointing and ultimately pointless weekend in Italy.

Race one in Misano was electric chaos. Lead changes flew faster than sparks, positions swapped constantly, but after 28 laps of frantic racing, Envision Racing unfortunately came away empty-handed.

Race two proved to be a low point of the season, with both cars being forced to retire, but with seven races done and nine left  to run, starting with the Monaco E-Prix, there is plenty of points to be won.

When to catch the Monaco E-Prix

(All times BST)

Free Practice 1 Friday 27 April – 06:25 – 07:15

Free Practice 2 Saturday 27 April – 08:05 – 08:55

Qualifying Saturday 27 April – 09:40 – 11:03

E-Prix Saturday 27 April 14:03 – 15:30

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 7):

1. Pascal Wehrlein, 89pts
2. Jake Dennis, 89pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 80pts
4. Nick Cassidy, 76pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 65pts
12. Robin Frijns, 21pts
13. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 7):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 128pts
2. Andretti Formula E 112, pts
3. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
4. Nissan, 98pts
5. DS Penske, 73pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts

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A Misano E-Prix to forget as the focus turns to Monaco

A double retirement for Envision Racing brings the curtain down on a tough double-header weekend in Italy 

Retirement for Robin Frijns and Sébastien Buemi capped a disappointing inaugural Misano E-Prix weekend for Envision Racing, meaning the team leaves Italy and heads to the Monaco E-Prix without any points from the double-header.

In qualifying Group A on Sunday morning, Frijns drove superbly and progressed into the knockout phase. As team-mate Buemi settled for 17th on the grid, Frijns took on Nico Müller in the first quarter-final, however the Envision Racing man had no answer for the Swiss driver’s speed.

Frijns would ultimately have to take seventh on the grid for the second race of the weekend.

At the start of race two, Frijns made a solid start, maintaining seventh and looking to take sixth from Sam Bird as Jake Hughes led the opening lap from Jean-Éric Vergne. The opening laps saw a slightly less frantic make-up compared with the previous day’s competition, however the leading pack remained at close quarters.

By lap five, Frijns held 10th position as team-mate Buemi struggled to make progress down in 20th. One lap later, Frijns took his first Attack Mode phase as leader Nick Cassidy handed first position to Müller.

It all went wrong for Frijns on lap six. The Dutch driver found himself in the gravel trap and out of the race following contact with Sam Bird and António Félix da Costa, contact which unfortunately broke the front wing of the Envision Racing machine and seemed to leave parts lodged against the tyre.

This left Buemi as the sole Envision Racing driver in the race, and with the action hotting up in the battle for the lead between Müller, Pascal Wehrlein, Oliver Rowland, and Hughes, the Swiss driver made some progress, running 14th by lap 13 of 26.

Any hope of further gains ended on lap 15 as Buemi pitted and retired with damage to the car, closing the book on the hope of any points this year at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Following an entertaining battle for the victory, leader Rowland dramatically slowed on the final lap, handing the victory to Wehrlein ahead of Dennis – with Cassidy clinching third right on the line from Müller.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 7):

1. Pascal Wehrlein, 89pts
2. Jake Dennis, 89pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 80pts
4. Nick Cassidy, 76pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 65pts
12. Robin Frijns, 21pts
13. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 7):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 128pts
2. Andretti Formula E 112, pts
3. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
4. Nissan, 98pts
5. DS Penske, 73pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts

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Envision Racing miss out on points after afternoon of Misano madness

The first race of the weekend ended in disappointment for Envision Racing after a chaotic Misano E-Prix

In a race that occasionally resembled a sim racing Battle Royale rather than a typical motorsport event, the inaugural Misano E-Prix on Saturday was full of thrills and spills – with a mind-boggling number of lead and position changes.

And, after 28 laps of frantic pack racing, despite enjoying a period in the lead, Envision Racing missed out on any points.

Fortunately, there is a chance for redemption on Sunday.

Both Envision Racing drivers started the first ever Misano E-Prix lined up astern, with Frijns in ninth and Buemi 10th. Emerging from the opening sequence of corners at the start of the race it was Buemi who made the most progress, moving up to eighth as Frijns dropped to 11th.

Up front, pole position-winner Mitch Evans held the lead, and was soon dramatically joined at the front by Buemi, who then stormed into the lead as drama ensued further down the pack.

The opening laps of the Misano E-Prix played out as expected, with no driver wanting to lead, and the field forming close quarter pack formation racing to save energy. By the start of lap five, following seemingly countless lead and general position changes, António Félix da Costa cycled into the lead as Buemi held seventh and Frijns 10th.

Jaguar’s Cassidy temporarily exited the race on lap six, trailing smoke from a damaged front wing as the racing got tighter and tighter at the front. Two laps later, for the first time in the race, the field started to spread out, headed by Sam Bird, who quickly became swamped by the two DS Penske machines.

On lap 10, everything closed up again, with Evans returning to the front, and both Envision Racing drivers surviving the wheel banging to run inside the top 10. The breathless pace continued into the second half of the E-Prix, with Buemi once again leading for Envision Racing, followed by da Costa and a soon-to-be-penalised Jean-Éric Vergne, as Frijns dropped to 16th.

By lap 20, Buemi had established himself in the top 10, not too far behind the jaw-dropping scrap for the lead, which was held by Oliver Rowland. Frijns pitted one lap later after suffering a puncture, effectively ending his hope of any points in Italy and leaving Buemi to uphold Envision Racing’s charge.

As the race entered the final lap, with the field more strung out Buemi found himself struggling to balance his energy needs and, suddenly down in 16th behind Nyck de Vries, the chance of points had seemingly vanished. Up front, Da Costa survived the chaos to win ahead of Rowland and Jake Dennis.

Buemi would ultimately come home 13th for Envision Racing, with Frijns 18th.

Drivers’ standings (after Race 7):

1. Oliver Rowland, 73pts
2. Jake Dennis, 68pts
3. Pascal Wehrlein, 63pts
4. Nick Cassidy, 61pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 60pts
10. Robin Frijns, 21pts
11. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Race 7):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 111pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 108pts
3. Andretti Formula E 87, pts
4. Nissan, 81pts
5. DS Penske, 62pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts