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Back-to-back podiums and a fastest lap in Portland for Frijns!

A brace of second place finishes and race-winning pace underline a strong Portland E-Prix weekend for Envision Racing

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns once again starred in qualifying for the second race of the Portland E-Prix double-header. After starting third in the opening race of the weekend, Frijns again progressed to the knock-out phase, ending up with the fourth fastest time.

In the race, in a repeat of Saturday’s action, Frijns ran at the front, regularly leading the race and showing race-winning pace. And after a bold and artful display, Frijns ended his weekend in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of second places, and heads to the final two rounds of the championship in London with plenty of momentum.

Frijns’ team-mate Sébastien Buemi made extraordinary progress throughout the early phases of Sunday’s race. Starting 17th, by lap six, the Envision Racing driver found himself in the top three, and could have been in contention for the victory, only for a penalty to scupper his chances.

Buemi did superbly to fight back and claim ninth to boost the team after a difficult season.

THE RACE

When the lights went out to start round 14 of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, pole-sitter Jean-Éric Vergne lost out to António Félix da Costa, as Frijns gained a place and snatched third. Further back, Frijns’ Envision Racing team-mate Buemi made up places, progressing from 17th to 13th by the end of the opening lap

Following a difficult opening race to the weekend, Buemi cast off any disappointment, and by lap four the Swiss driver found himself in fifth, right behind his Envision Racing team-mate. By the start of lap five, Buemi streaked into third place, and snatched the lead by the end of the lap.

Compared with Saturday’s race, Sunday’s battle saw a much higher pace, much earlier in the proceedings. Amid the drama, as Buemi moved forward, holding third, Frijns fell back, ending up 10th by the end of lap eight.

Buemi’s charge was halted on lap nine, whilst leading the pack. The former champion was forced to serve a penalty due to a technical infraction, handing the lead to Vergne. With Buemi effectively out of contention, Frijns headed the Envision Racing charge, and by lap 11 held second place in the hunt for a second podium of the weekend. At the halfway point, as da Costa led, Frijns maintained fourth place, and one lap later claimed the lead from the Porsche driver.

With nine laps remaining of the 26-lap race duration, Frijns looked strong in fourth, with comparable energy to his rivals in the top six, and reclaimed the lead on lap 18, just as a safety car was triggered due to debris on the circuit.

The race restarted with five laps remaining, with Frijns in first place, ahead of da Costa and Pascal Wehrlein. As da Costa quickly seized the lead with a rapid pace, Frijns held onto second position, hustled by the front wing-less Wehrlein.

With one lap added to the initial race distance, Frijns started the 27th and final lap in second place. Could the double E-Prix winner claim his third career win? Despite challenging da Costa on the final lap, the answer was no.

A valiant performance, and the fastest lap of the race, was not quite enough, and the Envision Racing driver had to settle for second place following a tense drag race to the chequered flag.

Mitch Evans rounded out the podium places, as Buemi underlined the overall pace of the Envision Racing package by recovering from his earlier penalty to take ninth, and two crucial points for himself and the Envision Racing team.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Nick Cassidy, 167pts
2. Mitch Evans, 155pts
3. Pascal Wehrlein, 155pts
4. António Félix da Costa, 134pts
5. Oliver Rowland, 131pts
9. Robin Frijns, 60pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 26pts
22. Joel Eriksson, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 322pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 289pts
3. DS Penske, 184pts
4. Andretti Formula E, 168pts
5. Nissan, 157pts
7. Envision Racing, 88pts