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Envision Racing return to Brazil with a focus on victory

With three races done and dusted this season, both Envision Racing drivers already have podiums in the bag. Can they go one better as Formula E heads back to Brazil for the São Paulo E-Prix?

Envision Racing and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship first competed in the sprawling Brazilian city of São Paulo last year, and a return to South America is a return to happy hunting ground for the team.

In 2023, Nick Cassidy claimed a second place finish for Envision Racing, with Sébastien Buemi bringing home a point for the team in 10th despite suffering a painful hand injury.

This year, Buemi will be tackling the streets of São Paulo with new team-mate and Envision Racing returnee Robin Frijns, and after a promising start to the season, there is plenty to be confident about heading to Brazil.

THE SÃO PAULO CHALLENGE 

Motorsport is synonymous with Brazil, and it makes sense that the world’s most innovative racing series is doing its thing on the nation’s tarmac. 

Away from the Allianz Fan Village – Formula E’s immersive fan festival at the heart of every E-Prix – the 2.93 km, 11-turn São Paulo circuit throws a different kind of party, providing the stage for  a high-voltage, wheel-to-wheel battle royal. With three long straights, connected by tricky chicanes, sweeping corners, and tight turns, the track demands precision from drivers – a real test of car and driver.

In the heart of the Sambadrome, the main straight, once a stage for vibrant parades, transforms into a battleground, launching the drivers into a series of sharp turns that culminate in a looping hairpin. This slingshot manoeuvre fires the pack down the next straight, only to be met with another technical right-left-right sequence before another straightaway beckons.

The final sector is a fitting finale. With more passing opportunities, the action heats up as drivers vie for position in the dramatic run to the finish line.

Buckle up, because the São Paulo circuit promises a heart-pounding spectacle.

LAST TIME OUT AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX

With three races in the books for the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, results have been mixed for Envision Racing, however the speed is there, and things are looking up as the team heads to Brazil.

Last time out at the Diriyah E-Prix double-header in Saudi Arabia both Envision racing cars showed plenty of speed in practice and qualifying. The opening race of the weekend saw Frijns came home 10th, claiming a vital championship point as Buemi ended up 12th.

The second race of the weekend in Saudi Arabia delivered the promise Envision Racing had been threatening in the season-opening Mexico City E-Prix and in the opening salvos of the Diriyah E-Prix.

Under the lights, Frijns was superb. The Dutch driver capped his weekend with a stunning second place, making history in the process with Envision Racing’s 50th podium in Formula E. 

After a stellar stint in qualifying, Frijns secured  second on the grid and wasted no time when the lights went out to start the race. The Envision Racing driver rocketed past pole-sitter Oliver Rowland in a daring move at the very first corner sequence, snatching the lead for himself.  This audacious manoeuvre sent a clear message to the rest of the pack – Frijns was here to win.

 

However, the race wouldn’t be a cakewalk.  While Frijns secured the lead, Rowland wasn’t ready to relinquish it easily.  He kept the pressure on relentlessly, pushing Frijns to his limits throughout the entire 36-lap race.  Despite the intense competition, Frijns held his ground with unwavering focus, ultimately crossing the finish line in a well-deserved second place.  While victory slipped through his grasp this time, Frijns’ podium finish and his dominant display early on solidified his position as a serious contender for the championship.

As Frijns celebrated, team-mate Buemi was left ruing what might have been. The Swiss driver crashed heavily in qualifying for Sunday’s race, inflicting some serious damage to his race car. Despite the customary heroics from the Envision Racing team in the garage, the Swiss driver’s machine could not be repaired to take the start.

Buemi will be chomping at the bit to make up for lost race time and get back to the front in Brazil.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 3):
1. Nick Cassidy, 56pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 38pts
3. Jean-Éric Vergne 33pts
4. Jake Dennis, 30pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 20pts
7. Robin Frijns, 19pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 3):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 76pts
2. DS Penske, 47pts
3. Andretti Formula E 39, pts
4. Porsche Formula E Team, 38pts
5. Envision Racing, 37pts

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH THE SÃO PAULO E-PRIX (All times BST)

Free Practice 1 Friday 15 March – 19:25 – 20:15

Free Practice 2 Saturday 16 March – 10:25 – 11:15

Qualifying Saturday 16 March – 12:40 – 14:03

E-Prix Saturday 16 March 17:03 – 18:30

Follow Envision Racing at the São Paulo E-Prix and throughout the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship HERE