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Familiar country but unfamiliar circuit awaits Envision Racing for crucial double-header weekend

The Misano E-Prix will provide a new challenge as Robin Frijns and Sébastien Buemi look to get the Drivers’ and Team’s title challenges back on track in Italy

Envision Racing are no strangers to Italy. Since Season 4 in 2017, the eternal city of Rome has provided a spectacular and popular Italian home for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. But for season 10, a new challenge awaits.

Hot on the heels of the inaugural Tokyo E-Prix, Envision Racing will swap the streets of the Asian metropolis for a permanent race track on the Adriatic Coast, in the shape of the iconic Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Named after the late, beloved MotoGP racer, the undulating circuit is set deep in the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and since 2007 has circuit has been a cornerstone of the MotoGP calendar.

Here, motorcycle racing legend Valentino Rossi, a local hero and seven-time World Champion, has reigned supreme on multiple occasions.

It will be electric-power and four wheels, however that takes centre stage this weekend, and with two races on the cards, it will be a vital weekend to bag some points and climb the championship standings.

The challenge

The Misano E-Prix is another big moment for Italian motorsport as Formula E brings its cutting-edge electric racing to a circuit steeped in tradition.  This unique combination is sure to attract a passionate crowd eager to witness the future of racing.

The 3.38km circuit is a mix of the familiar and the new. Formula E will utilise a modified version of the Misano World Circuit layout, incorporating a twisty infield section for the opening turns before rejoining the main circuit. 

This unique combination promises a rapid and flowing course with plenty of overtaking opportunities. Expect drivers to battle wheel-to-wheel through the tight corners and strategise power management on the high-speed sections.

Last time out

It has been a tough start to the season for Envision Racing, however there has been plenty of speed shown in practice, qualifying, and the race from both Frijns and Buemi. The undoubted highlight after five races being Frijns’ second place finish at the Diriyah E-Prix.

Last time out, the first ever Tokyo E-Prix proved to be a tough weekend in the Japanese capital. Buemi started near the back of the field, and Frijns 10th, but there were some positives to be drawn. As Buemi battled to a creditable, but ultimately pointless 13th-place finish, team-mate Frijns fared slightly better.

The Dutch driver turned in a measured drive to hold on to his starting position and run 10th as the race approached the chequered flag. The Envision racer had to summon all his experience and skill to defend his position against a charging Sette Câmara.

In a thrilling display of racecraft, Frijns held firm to cross the chequered flag in 10th place.  This became even sweeter when Andretti’s Normal Nato received a penalty, bumping Frijns up to a well-deserved ninth-place finish.

Did you know?

The nearby resort of Rimini is the birthplace of the world-renowned  film director Federico Fellini,  famous for his surreal and dreamlike movies like “La Dolce Vita” and “8 ½”.  The city even has a museum dedicated to his life and work.

When to catch the Misano E-Prix

(All times BST)

Round 6

Free Practice 1 Friday 12 April – 16:00 – 16:30

Free Practice 2 Saturday 13 April – 07:00 – 07:30

Qualifying Saturday 13 April – 09:20 – 10:43

E-Prix Saturday 13 April 14:03 – 15:00

Round 7

Free Practice 3 Friday 14 April – 07:00 – 07:30

Qualifying Saturday 14 April – 09:20 – 10:43

E-Prix Saturday 14 April 04:03 – 15:00

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 5):
1. Nick Cassidy, 63pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 63pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 54pts
4. Jake Dennis, 53pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 48pts
9. Robin Frijns, 23pts
9. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 5):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 102pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 83pts
3. Nissan, 63pts
4. Andretti Formula E 62, pts
5. DS Penske, 57pts
8. Envision Racing, 43pts