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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