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Envision Racing head to Japan for the first time hungry for victory

It has been years in the making, but the Tokyo E-Prix is finally here, and Envision Racing are ready to battle for big points in one of the coolest cities in the world!

The inaugural Tokyo E-Prix will mark the first time the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has ever visited Japan, and after four races, the first time the series and Envision Racing has done battle at a new venue. With the now familiar venues of Mexico City, Diriyah, and São Paulo chalked off, a brand new challenge awaits for round five of the championship.

After four races, reigning Teams’ Champions Envision Racing have experienced a mixed start to the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The undoubted highlight so far in 2024 has been Robin Frijns’ second place finish at the second race of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend. 

Both Robin Frijns and team-mate Sébastien Buemi have shown front-running pace in practice, qualifying, and race conditions so far, however the luck just hasn’t quite been with the team in the same way it seemed to be in 2023. Ahead of the first ever Tokyo E-Prix, Buemi sits ninth in the Drivers’ Championship standings – with Frijns in 10th.

Envision Racing occupies seventh place in the Teams’ Championship order, however a good points haul in Japan will see the team get back to near the summit, and set a course for a strong defence of their crown.  

THE CHALLENGE IN TOKYO

Gear up for a pulse-pounding ride around the Tokyo Street Circuit! This isn’t your average racetrack. This 2.5km track is a brand new, 18-turn challenge that snakes its way around the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre, also known as Tokyo Big Sight – the largest venue in all of Japan. And it all takes place just minutes from the heart of the bustling metropolis.

The layout itself is a masterclass in variety. Three long straights allow for exhilarating bursts of speed, perfect for showcasing the raw power of the Gen3 Formula E cars. But don’t be fooled – this isn’t all about flat-out acceleration. Interspersed with these straights are technical sequences of tight corners, demanding razor-sharp precision and quick reflexes from the drivers. As if that wasn’t enough, the circuit throws in some high-speed combinations, forcing drivers to thread the needle between blistering pace and maintaining control.

Imagine navigating this complex dance of speed and agility, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Tokyo skyline. For the first time, the iconic cityscape becomes a stage for the future of motorsport.

Both Frijns and Buemi, having only experienced this virtual labyrinth through simulators, are chomping at the bit to finally get behind the wheel and test their mettle on this real-world challenge. The Tokyo Street Circuit promises to be a true test of skill and a spectacle for fans – a perfect marriage of innovation, electric adrenaline, and the undeniable allure of Tokyo.

LAST TIME OUT IN BRAZIL

In 2023 Envision Racing tasted podium success at the inaugural São Paulo E-Prix. The team’s second visit to the tricky South American venue didn’t yield similar success, however, Sébastien Buemi did turn in a determined drive to secure an unlikely brace of points. One for finishing 10th (fittingly the 10th of his career), and another for claiming the fastest lap of the race.

Shaking off a frustrating 19th place finish in Saudi Arabia, Robin Frijns will have his sights set on redemption in Japan. The Dutch driver is hungry for a strong result as he and Envision Racing head to the historic Tokyo E-Prix.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Nick Cassidy, 57pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 53pts
3. Mitch Evans, 39pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne 39pts
5. Jake Dennis, 38pts
9. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts
10. Robin Frijns, 19pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 96pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 61pts
3. DS Penske, 57pts
4. McLaren, 55pts
5. Andretti Formula E 47, pts
7. Envision Racing, 39pts

DID YOU KNOW?

Tokyo is the most populous metropolis in the world! As of 2023, the Tokyo metropolitan area, which includes Tokyo and its nearby prefectures, is home to a staggering 37.4 million residents. That’s more people than the entire population of Canada!

WHERE AND HOW TO WATCH THE TOKYO E-PRIX

(All times BST)

Free Practice 1 Friday 29 March – 07:25 – 08:15

 

Free Practice 2 Saturday 29 March – 22:55 – 23:45

 

Qualifying Saturday 30 March – 01:20 – 02:43

 

E-Prix Saturday 30 March 06:03 – 07:30