CLIMATE CHANGE

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.” 

 

 

 

 

Job Vacancy

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.

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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

 

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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”

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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.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

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

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SOLID SIXTH FOR FRIJNS IN NEW YORK AS ANOTHER CASSIDY POLE IS DENIED

ENVISION RACING’S ROBIN FRIJNS SCORED MORE POINTS IN NEW YORK CITY AS TEAM-MATE NICK CASSIDY WAS LEFT WONDERING WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

The drama continued before the second race of the New York City E-Prix even started. Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy claimed a second pole position in 24 hours, only for it to be taken away due to a technicality, forcing the New Zealander to start from the back of the grid.

It was a cruel blow for the Envision Team who worked frantically into the early hours to rebuild Cassidy’s Audi e-tron FE07 following his massive race-ending shunt in the closing stages of the opening E-Prix of the weekend.

Frijns continued his superb pace, topping the timesheets in Group A qualifying for the majority of the session. In the mad scramble to reach the knockout stage, Frijns was pushed down to sixth as team-mate Cassidy went the other way, surging to second place to make the head-to-head phase in qualifying for the second day on the bounce.

Cassidy was smooth and dominant in the knockout phase, seeing off Stoffel Vandoorne in the second quarter final and Porsche’s André Lotterer by over a second in the semi final to sail into the final of qualifying for round 12 of the  2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City.

The final showdown saw Cassidy take on António Félix da Costa. The Kiwi went first, setting a scorching pace flying to record a stellar first sector and whilst da Costa reeled him in, but it wasn’t enough, and Cassidy claimed his second pole position of the weekend, and his third on Brooklyn tarmac. 

However, it was all for nothing as the team were deemed to have broken the regulations following a forced battery swap and the number 37 Envision Racing car was sent to the rear of the grid.

Cassidy’s penalty made Frijns the leading Envision Racing driver, starting 10th. Renowned for his patience and ability to carve through traffic, the Dutch driver was up to eighth by the end of lap one, as the default pole position-winner da Costa led Alexander Sims.

Frijns made up another place with 32 minutes remaining, passing Jake Dennis to take seventh. The first real change to the leading train of eight cars, headed by da Costa came with the first activations of the one and only eight-minute Attack Mode of the race.

Frijns elected to take his Attack Mode later than the rest of the top 10, with 27 minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately for the driver of the number four Envision Racing car, his exit from the Attack Mode zone was compromised by Lotterer and Frijns slotted into ninth place.

Entering the final 20 minutes of the E-Prix,, Frijns worked his way back to seventh place. Sixth place followed with a neat move on Jake Dennis. A huge sideways moment for Evans allowed Frijns to bridge to gap to the top five as Vandoorne passed Sims for second place and Evans’ team-mate Sam Bird, assisted by Attack Mode, heaped the pressure on Frijns.

Bird made his way around Frijns as Evans and Nyck de Vries came together at turn one with seven minutes remaining. One lap later, more close racing would lead de Vries damaging his front wing as he slotted in behind compatriot Frijns.

With one minute remaining, a multi-car collision at turn six brought out the yellow flags and at the chequered flag, Frijns consolidated more strong points, coming home sixth and helping Envision Racing extend their lead over Porsche in the Teams standings. Up front da Costa claimed the victory ahead of Vandoorne and Evans.

Envision Racing’s Cassidy ended up 17th, but will be buoyed by such a memorable weekend and will look to take that speed and confidence into the remaining four races of the season, starting with the team’s home race at the London E-Prix.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Stoffel Vandoorne, 155pts
2. Edoardo Mortara , 144pts
3. Mitch Evans, 139pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne, 128pts
5. Robin Frijns, 104pts
11. Nick Cassidy, 47pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 238pts
2. Rokit Venturi Racing, 228pts
3. DS TECHEETAH 228pts
4. Jaguar Racing, 186pts
5. Envision Racing, 151pts
6. Porsche Formula E Team, 126pts

 

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CASSIDY WINS CHAOTIC NEW YORK E-PRIX FROM POLE WITH FRIJNS CLAIMING 3RD

ENVISION RACING’S NICK CASSIDY EMERGED FROM A RED-FLAGGED FIRST RACE IN NEW YORK WITH A MAIDEN FORMULA E VICTORY, HEADING HOME A DOUBLE PODIUM FOR THE TEAM

Chaos, confusion and rain reigned at the New York E-Prix. Envision Racing’ Nick Cassidy claimed a stunning pole position for the weekend’s first race and dominated it, only for a late rain shower to catch the Kiwi driver and several other competitors out in spectacular fashion.

Not that it mattered. Despite ending up in the barriers, Cassidy was declared the deserved winner, with team-mate Frijns returning to the podium, and the pair bagging a precious 43 points for the team. 

Cassidy combined speed with mature racecraft to lead from the front, whilst Frijns employed his proven, world class ability to outfox those around him and think several moves ahead all race long.

The race-ending incident which involved Cassidy, Lucas di Grassi and three other cars was sizeable. All drivers were caught out by standing water entering turn six and luckily no serious injuries resulted as multiple cars collided.

Frijns inherited the lead in the moments following the smash, with some extremely canny, heads-up driving, and did well to come away with third as the race was prematurely ended. He could quite easily have won it!

QUALIFYING

Frijns pulled out all the stops in the first phase of qualifying. A stellar lap in the dying seconds of qualifying sent the number four machine to the top of the times in qualifying Group A, edging out team-mate Cassidy, to make it an Envision Racing one-two, sending both cars through into the knock-out phase.

For Group B qualifying the grey skies surrounding the Red Hook district of Brooklyn delivered a significant amount of rainfall, compromising championship hopefuls Mitch Evans and Jean-Éric Vergne. The pair would not make it through to the duels.

On a drying track, Frijns took on Pascal Wehrlein, only to lose out to the Porsche driver and settling for a seventh place starting slot for the opening E-Prix of the weekend.

Next up, Cassidy’s turn to qualify. The Kiwi took on Jaguar’s Sam Bird in the second head-to-head battle of the weekend and capitalised on an error from the British driver to win the duel and progress to the semi-final to take on Wehrlein.

Cassidy played a blinder in his first semi-final appearance of the season, beating Wehrlein and making it into his maiden qualifying final to take on the Mercedes of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Following a thrilling face-off, Cassidy edged out Vandoorne by a whisker to claim his third career pole position, hustling and sliding his Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 around the Brooklyn track in style.

THE RACE

Cassidy made an absolutely textbook start when the lights went out to start the New York E-Prix. In fact, so did team-mate Frijns who quickly moved up from seventh to fifth as Vergne came to grief.

With Cassidy making the early running, leading di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi, behind Frijns looked racey in fifth, hassling Wehrlein for sixth, and eventually passing the German driver to set about Vandoorne in fourth.

Frijns took his first Attack Mode phase seven minutes into the race, crucially holding onto fifth place, followed by Cassidy one lap later, ceding the lead to di Grassi but regaining it on the next lap as the Brazilian took his first Attack Mode.

As the race entered the final 30 minutes Cassidy found himself under relentless pressure from di Grassi. The Envision Racing man was forced to draw on all his multi-discipline motorsport skills and experience to keep the lead.

Cassidy took his second Attack Mode, followed one lap later by di Grassi, with 20 minutes-plus-one-lap remaining. Vandoorne joined in with the fun, making it a three-way scrap for the win. It was battle on.

Vandoorne moved up into second approaching the final 15 minutes, sliding past di Grassi and setting about the so-far-faultless, and consistently quick Cassidy up front. Further back, Frijns made his way around Buemi to take fourth as the rain returned to the circuit.

As di Grassi attempted to wrestle second place from Vandoorne, the ensuing tussle at turn one gave the wily Frijns a chance to take advantage and move up into third with a slinky and opportunistic move.

Entering the final 10 minutes, the rain increased significantly, completely soaking the circuit. Frijns relished the wet conditions, catching the leading duo at a rapid rate when suddenly the E-Prix changed in an instant.

The next few seconds were full of confusion and chaos. As a full-course-yellow flag was thrown due to the deteriorating conditions, Frijns emerged from the mist and spray in the lead as Cassidy, Vandoorne, di Grassi, Wehrlein and Buemi all aquaplaned off the circuit at high speed in a scary looking shunt. 

Following a lengthy stoppage, with the track described by di Grassi as “undriveable”, the race did not resume, and with the result declared by counting one lap back from the stoppage Cassidy was declared the winner ahead of di Grassi and Frijns.

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NEW YORK CITY DOUBLE HEADER AWAITS ENVISION RACING

Robin Frijns and Nick Cassidy cross the pond and go after a turnaround in fortune next to the Buttermilk Channel in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty…

Since Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns bagged a hard-fought fifth place in the second race at the Berlin E-Prix weekend in May, there hasn’t been a huge amount to get excited about for the team.

However, all that could change as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to North America for the New York City E-Prix.

Wherever you look at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal track site, there is something to amaze the eyes. The racing is always entertaining, and the circuit backdrop is one of the most iconic in global motorsport.

The Statue of Liberty isn’t far away, and the skyscrapers that make up the iconic skyline of Brooklyn loom across the Buttermilk Channel in a heady mix of water, glass, steel and stone with views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. But there won’t be much time for the drivers to do any sightseeing as the championship battles heat up.

THE CIRCUIT

This weekend will mark the fifth time that Formula E  has visited New York. Since the inaugural New York City E-Prix in 2017, there have been six winners, including Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns, who triumphed there in 2019’s race two.

The circuit is situated in the heart of the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn and it snakes and weaves next to the harbour front, featuring 14 turns and clocking in at a distance of 2.32km.

The Brooklyn street circuit provided the backdrop for a sensational climax to Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and a stage for Frijns to win a race punctuated by absolute carnage.

 

Frijns’ victory stateside proved to be the Dutch driver’s second of the 2018-19 season. Starting from second on the grid, he managed to keep his cool and come home over three seconds clear of Alexander Simms.

Topping the field in New York back in July 2019 signalled the last time Frijns triumphed in Formula E, but since then has carved out a reputation of scoring plenty of podiums and mixing pace and patience to get the maximum points on offer.

Can the driver of the number four Envision Racing machine get back to the top step of the podium once again this weekend?

LAST TIME OUT AT THE MARRAKESH E-PRIX

Envision Racing’s return to Marrakesh proved to be a tough one.

Nick Cassidy offered a glimmer of hope by reaching the knockout phase of qualifying, however when all was said and done, the Marrakesh E-Prix was one to forget, Cassidy ended his afternoon in Morocco in 13th, and despite showing good pace, an early race error compromised his chances of points, Frijns never really got to grips with his Audi e-tron FE07 and ended his day in 18th.

With three double-header races remaining this year, and trips to London and, for the first time ever, the South Korean capital of Seoul, there are still plenty of points to go after.

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RANDOM FACT 

Brooklyn was settled by Dutch explorers in the early 1600s – originally christened Breuckelen, which translates as ‘broken land’.

WHERE TO WATCH

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

Qualifying takes place on both Saturday and Sunday at 13.30 (BST) and the races happen at 17.30 (BST) to provide the perfect start to a Saturday night! 

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ENVISION RACING ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP RENEWAL WITH TEIJIN

Envision Racing and the Teijin Group extend their agreement with a focus on driving advancements and understanding in sustainable technologies for a better planet.

Envision Racing have today announced a multi-year partnership renewal with the Teijin Group that will see the global technology-driven chemicals company continue to partner with the team.

Teijin uses the partnership with the “greenest team on the greenest grid” to increase awareness of their technologies and products that contribute to reducing environmental impact and to communicate to wider stakeholders about our corporate stance toward ” climate change mitigation and adaptation”.

Commenting on the announcement, Franz Jung, Vice President of Envision Group and Chairman of the Board of Envision Racing said: “On behalf of Envision Group we are all delighted that the Teijin Group and our racing team are continuing their journey together. It is fantastic to have brands onboard with the team that share the same goals and objectives as Envision’.

Jun Suzuki, chairperson of Teijin Limited, added: “Teijin is committed to developing sustainable technologies and raising awareness of positive climate action, through our support of Envision Racing, we wish to convey our environmental commitments to Teijin stakeholders as well as promote Teijin technologies and products that are helping to reduce the automotive industry’s environmental impact.”

The collaboration sees Teijin step up to Principal Partner level of the racing team and will continue as an Official Partner of the Team’s Race Against Climate Change™ movement. Teijin will also look to support Envision Racing on technological initiatives to help the team drive sustainability and safety innovation with a view to transferring these learnings to our everyday lives.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO at Envision Racing said: “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the aim of implementing advanced solutions and using our platform in Formula E to increase awareness of Teijin technologies and products.”

Akimoto Uchikawa, President and CEO of Teijin Limited, said: “The partnership with Envision Racing is enabling Teijin to promote and implement initiatives aimed at mitigating climate change. As a people-focused company that develops innovative solutions for enhanced quality of life, Teijin strives to minimize the environment and societal impact of all aspects of its business.”