ANOTHER DOUBLE POINTS FINISH AS ENVISION RACING SIGN OFF IN SEOUL AND WELCOME THE GEN3 ERA
14 August 2022
ENVISION RACING ENDED THE SEASON IN SOUTH KOREA WITH A STRONG SHOWING TO CONSOLIDATE 5TH PLACE IN THE TEAMS’ STANDINGS
As Formula E waved goodbye to the Gen2 era of Formula E racing in South Korea, Envision Racing said hello to fifth place in the Team’s championship as Robin Frijns drove a mature and measured second race on the streets of the South Korean capital, signing off with fourth place.
Frijns’ team-mate Nick Cassidy, who has enjoyed a breakout race-winning year in his second season of Formula E competition, ending his campaign strongly by bringing the number 37 car home eighth from 15th on the grid, and doing so with the fastest lap of the race.
Underlining the pace shown by both Envision Racing drivers, Frijns popped the number four machine into the qualifying duels to end up fifth on the grid for the second race of the Seoul E-Prix double-header.
When the lights went out to start the season’s final race, and the 100th in Formula E history, Frijns avoided the squabbling for position behind him, holding onto fifth and breaking away from Dan Ticktum and following Vandoorne’s Mercedes. Further back, Cassidy moved up one place from his starting slot, running in 14th.
As the race settled down elected to take his first Attack Mode phase with 37 minutes of the race remaining to set about pressuring Vandoorne for fourth.
Entering the final 30 minutes of the race, and the season, Cassidy mirrored his race one result, running in 10th, just behind championship challenger and fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans.A Lucas di Grassi pit stop promoted Cassidy up an additional place to ninth, as up front, Edoardo Mortara headed the field from Jake Dennis and António Félix da Costa.
With 24 minutes left to run, a safety car was triggered by the stricken Nissan of Maximilian Günther, closing the field up and necessitating a lengthy clean up.
When things got back underway, the scrap for second between Dennis and da Costa ended badly for the latter driver who exited stage left and promoted Frijns up to fourth ahead of Oliver Askew.
Günther’s earlier retirement and subsequent safety car period resulted in six minutes and forty five seconds being added to the original 45 minutes-plus-one-lap E-Prix duration.
As the chequered flag approached, race officials judged Dennis’ earlier move on da Costa to have been too aggressive, handing the British driver a five second penalty, and jeopardising his second place.
This crucially meant that despite being fourth on the road, Frijns could take third, however Dennis just managed to hang on to his podium place to deny the man from Maastricht, who ended his 2021–22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in seventh place in the Drivers’ standings, tied on points with Dennis and di Grassi.
Cassidy completed an impressive season in eighth, whilst Mortara won the E-Prix ahead of new world champion Vandoorne and the penalised Dennis.