A new driver line-up but the goal remains the same for Envision Racing as Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicks off…
As well as being one of the most dramatic seasons in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 9 also saw Envision Racing claim four race wins en route to a maiden Teams’ Championship crown.
With a refreshed driver line-up for Season 10, the hunger is there to retain the title and add the Drivers’ Championship to the team’s expanding trophy cabinet as the GEN3 era enters its second year.
Nick Cassidy came close to securing a maiden Drivers’ Championship title for himself and Envision Racing in 2023. Back-to-back victories in Berlin and Monaco, followed by wins in Portland and then in the season finale in London, placed the Kiwi driver just 13 points shy of eventual champion Jake Dennis.
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All season long, team-mate and former champion Sébastien Buemi acted as a stellar wingman, bagging pole positions and – despite some rotten luck – also managing to bring home major points, including a podium in the season’s penultimate race, to help seal the Teams’ Championship for Envision Racing.
For Season 10, Buemi will be paired up with two-time E-Prix winner and endurance racing legend Robin Frijns. The Dutch driver returns to Envision Racing after a memorable first spell with the team to complete one of the strongest driver line-ups in global motorsport.
Can the multi-talented pair bring home more silverware in 2024?
All eyes on Mexico
For the second year in a row, the legendary Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit on the outskirts of Mexico City will provide the stage for the first of 16 races in 2024.
The 2.63km circuit is a test for both drivers and teams, with long straights and a tight, twisty stadium section absolutely packed with fans.
Last year Jake Dennis triumphed, as Buemi brought his Envision Racing machine home in a solid sixth, with Cassidy claiming important points in eighth.
In 2024, Buemi and Frijns will be looking to start the year strong before heading to Saudi Arabia for a crucial double-header at the end of January.
A familiar face joins Envision Racing for 2024. Robin Frijns has won three of the world’s most iconic races in the shape of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and raced for Envision Racing in Formula E for four seasons between 2018 and 2022.
Following a season with the Abt Cupra team that was heavily affected by a broken wrist sustained at the season-opening race in Mexico, Frijns is raring to go amid familiar surroundings. In Season 8, his last for Envision Racing, the man from Maastricht claimed four podium finishes en route to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Frijns has stated that returning to Envision Racing “really does feel like coming home,” and alongside Buemi will be keen to get back to fighting at the front and adding to his tally of race wins.
Buemi in the hunt for title number two
Sébastien Buemi has been a part of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship since its inaugural season in 2014, and became champion in Season 2. In fact, in his first six campaigns in the all-electric racing series, the Swiss driver never finished outside the top four in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
With 13 E-Prix wins and 16 pole positions on his CV, Buemi is the cream of the crop in the sport and, despite a couple of frustrating seasons, has continued to show the pace to remain a title contender on everyone’s radar.
Buemi won a staggering fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans title last year, and will be looking to return to winning ways in Formula E at the wheel of his Envision Racing Jaguar I-Type 6 in 2024.
There’s an exciting new addition to the calendar for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. For the first time, Envision Racing and its rivals will be doing battle in Japan.
The Tokyo E-Prix will mark the first time an FIA World Championship has visited the Japanese capital city in the form of a challenging 2.58km, 18-turn layout, scheduled to take place on 30 March.
As Tokyo joins the Formula E party, Cape Town, Jakarta, Hyderabad and Rome will not host races in 2024.
Following a hugely popular single-race debut in the Pacific Northwest in 2023, Formula E returns to Portland for a double-header in the series’ only visit to the United States. Last year Nick Cassidy triumphed for Envision Racing to set up a thrilling climax to the season. Can the team win again in Oregon with Buemi or Frijns at the wheel?
As well heading to Japan, Envision Racing returns to China for the first time since the Sanya E-Prix in the 2018–19 season in the shape of the Shanghai E-Prix. This will be the first time Formula E has competed in Shanghai following a two-year stint racing in Beijing.
New Italian challenge
Whilst Rome is sadly omitted from the calendar for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, an Italian challenge remains! Say goodbye to the streets of the Eternal City, and hello to the challenge of the iconic Misano circuit in Italy, which will host the second doubleheader of the year.
Located on the picturesque Adriatic coast, the Misano circuit has long proved a favourite with fans and riders of two-wheeled motorsport, and will be a rare chance for the GEN3 machines to race on a permanent circuit.
The track consists of several challenging and sweeping corners and tricky hairpins, which will be crucial to get right in both qualifying and the race, which will take place on the 13 and 14 April.
2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar
1 Mexico City E-Prix – 13 January
2 Diriyah E-Prix – 26 January
3 Diriyah E-Prix – 27 January
4 Sao Paulo E-Prix – 16 March
5 Tokyo E-Prix – 30 March
6 Misano Adriatico E-Prix – 13 April
7 Misano Adriatico E-Prix – 14 April
8 Monaco E-Prix – 27 April
9 Berlin E-Prix – 11 May
10 Berlin E-Prix – 12 May
11 Shanghai E-Prix – 25 May
12 Shanghai E-Prix – 26 May
13 Portland E-Prix – 29 June
14 Portland E-Prix – 30 June
15 London E-Prix – 20 July
16 London E-Prix – 21 July
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