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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