Envision Racing announce update on driver line-up for Berlin E-Prix weekend

Due to a calendar clash between the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, Envision Racing are announcing changes to our driver line-up for Rounds 9 & 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Berlin next month. 

 The clash that rules out Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns from competing in Formula E primarily affects Round 9 of the championship. Disappointingly, FIA regulations prevent them from driving on Sunday, as the two races are considered part of the same event. After completing their WEC duties on Saturday, both drivers will be on-site in the German capital on Sunday to support the team. 

 Looking ahead to Berlin, the team is pleased to be able to confirm that Joel Eriksson and Paul Aron will step into the cars for both races and are excited to see them take on the opportunity.  

 “This is a very unusual situation for us as a team, and we are obviously frustrated that the calendar clash could not be resolved by the FIA and FEO,” said Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO at Envision Racing. 

“However, we have to make the best of the situation, and I believe with both Joel and Paul we have two very exciting and competitive drivers.” 

Eriksson, 25, is the current Jaguar TCS Racing Test, Simulator and Reserve Driver, has been kindly released by Jaguar and will race for the team during the Berlin weekend.  

The Swede, who tested with Envision back in 2018, has already competed in eight Formula E races to date – and is very familiar with both the GEN3 specifications and the Jaguar powertrain. 

Aron, 20, is considered one of the most exciting young prospects in single-seater racing and sits second in the current Formula 2 standings for the season. 

The Estonian driver has already amassed three podium finishes in his first full F2 campaign this year, rapidly marking himself out as one to watch for the future.  

Aron will embark on an intensive simulator programme with the team to get him as best prepared as possible for Berlin. The team has also decided to give Aron the opportunity to drive in the rookie session in Misano this week, meaning Jack Aitken will not participate in the session. The team extends its thanks to Jack for his understanding.  

“It’s a great opportunity to race for Envision Racing in Berlin. I’m very much looking forward to experiencing Formula E for the first time and working with the team,” said Aron. 

“We’ll be working hard up until the race to prepare for the event, starting with the rookie session this week in Misano.” 

Eriksson said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be racing in Formula E again, this time with Envision Racing,

“After taking part in my first ever Formula E test with Envision, it’s great to be racing for them in Berlin, and we’ll be working hard together to have a successful weekend.” 

With an exciting blend of Formula E experience and youthful talent now in place for Berlin, the whole team will aim to create the best possible environment in order for them to have a productive weekend. 

In the meantime, full focus will be on scoring the best results at the upcoming race weekends in Misano and Monaco. 

Envision Racing are the reigning Teams World Champions in Formula E, having amassed more podium finishes than any other team in Formula E history.