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Frijns survives late-race scare to claim top 10 finish in Tokyo

Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns emerged from the first ever Tokyo E-Prix with a hard-won eighth place and important points for himself and the team

After 35 laps of a dramatic, historic E-Prix in Japan, not even the loss of a front wing could hinder Frijns’ quest for points.

The Envision Racing driver executed a calm but rapid race, surviving damage late in the race to end up eighth, with four points in the bag after a tough day on brand new circuit.

In truth it could have been even better for the Dutchman, if he had not been hit by Norman Nato in the closing stages – a collision that earned the Andretti driver a five-second penalty.

Despite setting the pace in practice, Envision Racing suffered another difficult qualifying session which did not reflect the speed of the car and drivers. Robin Frijns narrowly missed out on making the duels ending up 10th on the grid, whilst Sébastien Buemi was forced to settle for 21st after damage prevented him making the most of his final qualifying run.

When the lights went out to start the first ever E-Prix in Japan it was polesitter Oliver Rowland who maintained the lead, and as the pack filtered through the opening sequence of corners, Frijns had moved up two places to eighth.

After a lively opening couple of laps, Frijns managed to settle into eighth, just behind António Félix da Costa, as team-mate Buemi remained boxed in down in 21st place.

In the closing metres of lap four, Frijns made a superb double overtake, surging from eighth to sixth, slotting in behind the Porsche of Pascal Wehrlein.

By lap 10 of the scheduled 33, Frijns found himself in a decent seventh place, behind da Costa, as up front, Rowland maintained his lead from Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Günther. Three laps later, a temporary drop to eighth was soon resolved as Frijns passed Sérgio Sette Câmara to once again set his sights on sixth place man da Costa.

As the battle for the lead between Rowland and Günther, Frijns elected to take his opening Attack Mode phase on lap 18, dropping down to eighth place. Further back, Buemi had made decent progress, moving from 21st to 16th, aided by a crash for Jaguar’s Mitch Evans.

On lap 20 the debris resulting from Evans’ incident necessitated the first safety car period of the day, bunching up the pack, with Frijns sitting seventh, and Buemi running 16th. 

Racing action resumed on lap 22, with Rowland at the front, chased by Günther and Mortara with Frijns in seventh chasing the two Andretti machines. Two laps later Frijns went for Attack Mode, losing a place to Wehrlein’s slightly wounded Porsche. 

Two additional laps were added to the race distance, extending the contest to 35 laps as Günther headed the pack in the Maserati from Rowland and da Costa. Frijns continued to hold eighth place for Envision Racing, applying the pressure on Norman Nato before a heavy collision for the Dutch driver resulted in the loss of his front wing.

Frijns emerged from the contact with Nato down in 10th, minus a serious chunk of downforce.

Entering the final, added two laps, Frijns was forced to apply all his skill and experience to resist a challenge from Sette Câmara. At the chequered flag, Frijns managed to hold on to finish 10th on the road, which became ninth as Nato was penalised for causing the earlier collision.

Up front, Günther claimed the win ahead of Rowland and Jake Dennis, with Buemi ending up 12th. 

After the race there was further good news for Frijns. Mahindra Racing’s Mortara was found to have used excess energy, resulting in his disqualification, promoting Frijns to eighth (and Buemi to 12th), and adding an extra two points to the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship tally.

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

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Envision Racing head to Japan for the first time hungry for victory

It has been years in the making, but the Tokyo E-Prix is finally here, and Envision Racing are ready to battle for big points in one of the coolest cities in the world!

The inaugural Tokyo E-Prix will mark the first time the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has ever visited Japan, and after four races, the first time the series and Envision Racing has done battle at a new venue. With the now familiar venues of Mexico City, Diriyah, and São Paulo chalked off, a brand new challenge awaits for round five of the championship.

After four races, reigning Teams’ Champions Envision Racing have experienced a mixed start to the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The undoubted highlight so far in 2024 has been Robin Frijns’ second place finish at the second race of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend. 

Both Robin Frijns and team-mate Sébastien Buemi have shown front-running pace in practice, qualifying, and race conditions so far, however the luck just hasn’t quite been with the team in the same way it seemed to be in 2023. Ahead of the first ever Tokyo E-Prix, Buemi sits ninth in the Drivers’ Championship standings – with Frijns in 10th.

Envision Racing occupies seventh place in the Teams’ Championship order, however a good points haul in Japan will see the team get back to near the summit, and set a course for a strong defence of their crown.  

THE CHALLENGE IN TOKYO

Gear up for a pulse-pounding ride around the Tokyo Street Circuit! This isn’t your average racetrack. This 2.5km track is a brand new, 18-turn challenge that snakes its way around the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre, also known as Tokyo Big Sight – the largest venue in all of Japan. And it all takes place just minutes from the heart of the bustling metropolis.

The layout itself is a masterclass in variety. Three long straights allow for exhilarating bursts of speed, perfect for showcasing the raw power of the Gen3 Formula E cars. But don’t be fooled – this isn’t all about flat-out acceleration. Interspersed with these straights are technical sequences of tight corners, demanding razor-sharp precision and quick reflexes from the drivers. As if that wasn’t enough, the circuit throws in some high-speed combinations, forcing drivers to thread the needle between blistering pace and maintaining control.

Imagine navigating this complex dance of speed and agility, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Tokyo skyline. For the first time, the iconic cityscape becomes a stage for the future of motorsport.

Both Frijns and Buemi, having only experienced this virtual labyrinth through simulators, are chomping at the bit to finally get behind the wheel and test their mettle on this real-world challenge. The Tokyo Street Circuit promises to be a true test of skill and a spectacle for fans – a perfect marriage of innovation, electric adrenaline, and the undeniable allure of Tokyo.

LAST TIME OUT IN BRAZIL

In 2023 Envision Racing tasted podium success at the inaugural São Paulo E-Prix. The team’s second visit to the tricky South American venue didn’t yield similar success, however, Sébastien Buemi did turn in a determined drive to secure an unlikely brace of points. One for finishing 10th (fittingly the 10th of his career), and another for claiming the fastest lap of the race.

Shaking off a frustrating 19th place finish in Saudi Arabia, Robin Frijns will have his sights set on redemption in Japan. The Dutch driver is hungry for a strong result as he and Envision Racing head to the historic Tokyo E-Prix.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Nick Cassidy, 57pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 53pts
3. Mitch Evans, 39pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne 39pts
5. Jake Dennis, 38pts
9. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts
10. Robin Frijns, 19pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 96pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 61pts
3. DS Penske, 57pts
4. McLaren, 55pts
5. Andretti Formula E 47, pts
7. Envision Racing, 39pts

DID YOU KNOW?

Tokyo is the most populous metropolis in the world! As of 2023, the Tokyo metropolitan area, which includes Tokyo and its nearby prefectures, is home to a staggering 37.4 million residents. That’s more people than the entire population of Canada!

WHERE AND HOW TO WATCH THE TOKYO E-PRIX

(All times BST)

Free Practice 1 Friday 29 March – 07:25 – 08:15

 

Free Practice 2 Saturday 29 March – 22:55 – 23:45

 

Qualifying Saturday 30 March – 01:20 – 02:43

 

E-Prix Saturday 30 March 06:03 – 07:30

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Buemi rewarded with valuable points after a tough day in Brazil

After a difficult qualifying session earlier in the day, Envision Racing’s Sébastien Buemi battled his way to 10th and claimed the fastest lap at the São Paulo E-Prix.

This year’s São Paulo E-Prix was always going to be a hard-fought one for the Envision Racing team, as competitors gain ground after the opening rounds of the season. After a tough qualifying session, Sébastien Buemi ended up 18th on the grid, with team-mate Robin Frijns one place ahead in 17th. After 34 laps of a race shaped by energy saving and strategy, Buemi ended his afternoon with a hard-earned top 10 result, and bagged an extra point for the fastest lap of the race.  

The former world champion drove a measured race to move up from his lowly starting position to claim what could be a vital two points in the hunt for both the Teams’ and Drivers’ titles this year.

At the start of the second ever São Paulo E-Prix it was pole-sitter Pascal Wehrlein in the Porsche who headed the pack into the first corner. Further back down the field, both Envision Racing drivers emerged unscathed from the opening sequence of turns with Frijns moving up to 15th and Buemi gaining a place.

By the fifth lap of the race, Frijns and Buemi were running line astern in 15th and 16th respectively, as up front it was Sam Bird’s turn to lead from António Félix da Costa and Mitch Evans. Two laps later a safety car was deployed to clean up some debris strewn across the first corner with da Costa leading from Wehrlein and Jean-Éric Vergne.

With the safety car back in the pitlane, Frijns held onto his 15th place with Buemi dropping to 18th. At the halfway point it was all change as Nick Cassidy dramatically crashed out, triggering a second safety car phase. After the dust settled, Buemi found he had pushed himself up into 10th place, and in the points, with Frijns back in 18th.

With the race back underway on lap 20, Bird headed the field once more. In 10th, Buemi found himself behind Maximilian Günther and ahead of Sacha Fenestraz, with the Envision Racing driver yet to use all his Attack Mode.

Buemi elected to take his final Attack Mode phase on lap 24, pushing the Swiss driver back to 12th. This proved a temporary setback as Buemi quickly regained his place in the top 10 and went about setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 26.

The safety car interventions meant that a total of three laps would be added to the initial 31, making the São Paulo E-Prix a 34-lap race. At the beginning of the 34th and final lap, Buemi remained in 10th with Fenestraz’s Nissan in hot pursuit. Could the Envision Racing man hang on to claim a valuable 10th place finish?

The answer was yes. On a sweltering day in São Paulo, Buemi claimed 10th and an unlikely point, which became two as he set the fastest lap of the day.

Up front Sam Bird claimed victory with a stunning last gasp overtake to relegate Evans to second place, with Oliver Rowland rounding out the podium.

Following his podium last time out in Saudi Arabia, it was a disappointing 19th place finish for Frijns, who suffered some technical issues that prevented him cutting through the field over the final few laps.

The Dutch driver will be looking to bounce back as the competition heads to Japan for the first ever Tokyo E-Prix in two weeks’ time.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Nick Cassidy, 57pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 53pts
3. Mitch Evans, 39pts
4. Jean-Éric Vergne 39pts
5. Jake Dennis, 38pts

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9. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts
10. Robin Frijns, 19pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 4):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 96pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 61pts
3. DS Penske, 57pts
4. McLaren, 55pts
5. Andretti Formula E, 47 pts

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7. Envision Racing, 39pts

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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

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Superb 2nd for Buemi and Envision Racing in Mexico

Envision Racing started its title defence in style at the Mexico City E-Prix with some serious pace and a richly deserved podium finish.

The opening race of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Mexico City was one to remember for Envision Racing and Sébastien Buemi.

Both Buemi and team-mate Robin Frijns showed great speed throughout practice and qualifying, however the pair had mixed fortunes come race time.

For Buemi, second place at the Mexico E-Prix marks his second podium for Envision Racing, his fourth in Mexico, and with it, his best result for the team.

As the team heads to Saudi Arabia for the double-header Diriyah E-Prix, Buemi will be looking to go one better and consolidate his championship challenge. 

For Frijns, his return to Envision Racing was a tough one as his first race back with the team ended on lap eight, but the weekend wasn’t without promise. After a strong free practice and qualifying, the Dutch driver endured a difficult start to the race, dropping from seventh to 15th, before crashing out in the early stages of the race.

QUALIFYING

It was Frijns who set the pace in Group A qualifying, beating Stoffel Vandoorne and Nick Cassidy to progress to the knockout phase. In Group B, Buemi immediately set about bothering the top of the timing sheets, running fourth for most of the session. The Envision Racing man briefly headed the times before ending up a stellar third fastest, joining Frijns in the duels.

In the first quarter-final, Frijns faced off against Pascal Wehrlein. A mistake from Frijns at Turn 1 allowed his German opponent to prevail and make it into the semi-finals. Buemi went up against Jake Hughes in the McLaren.

In a close battle, Buemi managed to use all his skill and experience to beat the British driver and advance to the semi-finals.

In the semi-final, Buemi would be paired with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. And it would be the Envision Racing driver who powered into the final, beating Evans and proving quicker in every sector. The big question remained, could Buemi claim a 17th career pole?

The answer was no. Despite a valiant attempt, Buemi had no answer for the speed of Wehrlein in the Porsche. However, it proved an encouraging opening qualifying session of Season 10 for Buemi and Envision Racing, with a front row starting slot in the bag and team-mate Frijns lining up in seventh.

THE RACE

By the time the pack emerged from the opening right-hand turn following the long start-finish straight at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Buemi managed to hold on to second position behind pole sitter Wehrlein. In contrast to Buemi’s solid start, team-mate Frijns went backwards, slipping from seventh to 15th, before starting to fight back at the beginning of lap two.

A collision near the rear of the pack between António Félix da Costa and Nico Müller on lap three did nothing to distract Buemi from momentarily taking the lead, as Wehrlein elected to take his first Attack Mode of the afternoon.

By lap five, it was back to grid order as Buemi took his opening Attack Mode, resuming his race in second, behind Wehrlein, and ahead of Maximilian Günther.

On lap six, Buemi hit the front, posting a fastest lap for good measure, and two laps later, a sizeable shunt for Frijns at the final corner brought out a full-course yellow leaving just one Envision Racing car in the running.

At the restart, Buemi headed Wehrlein from Günther and the Jaguar pair of Cassidy and Evans. By lap 15, Buemi sat in second place, behind Wehrlein, and with another fastest lap to his name, followed by Cassidy in third.

For several laps the leading quartet played a waiting game, saving energy and sizing each other up as the chequered flag loomed closer, with Evans and Vergne looking to join the party. 

The first major change came on lap 25 of the originally set race duration of 35 laps, as Wehrlein seemed to pull a gap of over two seconds on Buemi, who came under some serious pressure from Cassidy’s Jaguar. With the race extended to 37 laps, with two added for the earlier full course yellow, it was all to play for. 

At the start of the penultimate lap, Buemi trailed Wehrlein who looked all set for the victory, but had established a comfortable lead over Cassidy in third. By the beginning of the final lap Buemi looked all set for a podium finish to kick off his season.

And at the chequered flag it was a well-deserved second pace in the record books for the Envision Racing driver, behind eventual winner Wehrlein and ahead of Cassidy. 

“It was a smooth race and qualifying was the key as it is quite difficult to pass here,” said Buemi.

“We had a clean race and Pascal was fast. I knew he was under investigation so I didn’t push too much and I am happy with P2.

“It would have been risky to have tried to overtake him, so I decided to settle for second and the points.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 28pts
2. Sébastien Buemi, 18pts
3. Nick Cassidy, 16pts
4. Maximilian Günther, 12pts
5. Mitch Evans, 10pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Porsche Formula E Team, 28pts
2. Jaguar TCS Racing, 26pts
3. Envision Racing, 18pts
4. Maserati, 12pts
5. Penske, 12pts

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Season Preview: Envision Racing set for title defence and more in 2024

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.

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.

Frijns Reunited

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.

Hello Japan

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


Follow Envision Racing HERE and keep up to date with all the action in 2024!

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London E-Prix Preview: Two races remain, two titles up for grabs in the UK

Envision Racing head to a dramatic season conclusion to Season 9 at the London E-Prix this weekend with everything still to play for…

The 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been an absolute cracker. With dramatic twists and turns a Hollywood script writer would struggle to match (even if they weren’t currently on strike…), it all comes down to the two final races at the unique ExCeL Centre in London.

Ahead of the season-ending double-header in the UK capital, Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy lies second in the Drivers’ Championship standings, 24 points adrift of leader Jake Dennis. But it could have been so different, had it not been for forces outside of his control, and subsequent drama last time out in Rome.

With a maximum of 54 points up for grabs in the final two races, nothing is decided just yet. Last year Cassidy claimed a top-three finish in London and, with seven visits to the podium this year including a hat-trick of victories, the Kiwi is no stranger to success in recent times.

He will be fired up to bring home every point possible at what is Envision Racing’s home track.

As well as a shot at winning a maiden Drivers’ title, Envision Racing are in a strong position in the battle for a first Teams’ Championship crown. Thanks to points bagged by Cassidy and team-mate Sébastien Buemi in testing conditions last time out in Rome, the team lead the standings heading to London with a healthy 14-point lead over Porsche.

With both drivers showing race-winning pace and a home crowd to spur them on, Envision Racing will have every incentive to go all out for glory at ExCeL London.

THE CHALLENGE IN LONDON

Formula E racing in London provides a singular challenge. Featuring a unique indoor starting grid, the pitlane, pit garages and the opening sequence of corners are all housed under the roof of ExCeL London. This tight series of corners has provided a place for much drama in recent years, and could well see some decisive action in 2023.

From the twisty start to the lap, the ultra smooth indoor surface makes way for the bumpy and abrasive great outdoors, including a slippery metal strip, as the surrounds of London’s brutalist Docklands loom into view.     

The drivers will battle it out next to the River Thames, negotiating a set of chicanes and elevation changes, before the circuit opens out into a mixture of flowing turns and right right-handers. 

As well as the ups and downs of this one-off challenge, the drivers also have to deal with changes in light as the outdoors makes way for the darkness and artificial lighting of the arena. 

LAST TIME OUT IN ROME

The double-header in the Italian capital certainly delivered drama and a suitably gladiatorial battle between the main Drivers’ Championship title contenders Cassidy and Dennis.

In the weekend’s opening race Cassidy drove superbly, coming from ninth on the grid to end up in the wheel tracks of eventual winner and fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans. With Dennis ending up fourth, it was very much advantage Cassidy heading into the weekend’s second race, but Saturday’s race wasn’t all fun and games for Envision Racing.

Cassidy’s team-mate Buemi was fighting back from an early race issue before coming across the stricken Jaguar of Sam Bird. With nowhere to go, the Swiss driver slammed into Bird’s car, causing extensive damage to his Jaguar I-Type 6 machine, and following the inevitable red flag and lengthy clean up, just 13 cars restarted from the original 21.

After an incredible all-night repair job from the Envision Racing team, somehow Buemi not only made the grid for Sunday’s race, but also progressed to the duels in qualifying for the second consecutive day. He rewarded his team’s hard work with a stellar fifth at the flag as it was Cassidy’s turn to suffer.

Looking for the lead from Dennis on lap two, Cassidy was hit from behind by a wayward Evans. In an unfortunate and spectacular crash, the Jaguar was sent flying over the Envision Racing machine, compromising Cassidy’s race and any hope of victory.

As a result, the best the championship leader could hope for was 14th, as Dennis went on to win and retake a strong lead in the standings.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Jake Dennis, 195pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 171pts
3. Mitch Evans, 151pts
4. Pascal Wehrlein, 146pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 107pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 82pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 14):
1. Envision Racing, 253pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 239pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 228pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 218pts
5. DS Penske, 15pts

RANDOM FACT

For the 2012 Summer Olympics, ExCeL London was divided into five sports halls, with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 spectators, that were used for boxing, fencing, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. 

WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH THE LONDON E-PRIX (ALL TIMES BST)

ROUND 15

28 July: Free Practice 1 – 17:00 – 17:45

29 July: Free Practice 2 – 10:30 – 11:15

29 July: Qualifying – 12:40 – 13:55

29 July: Race – 17:03 – 18:30

ROUND 16

30 July: Free Practice 3 – 10:30 – 11:00

30 July: Qualifying – 12:40 – 13:55

30 July: Race – 17:03 – 18:30

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Cassidy goes top after a thriller in Rome

Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy claimed another podium to retake the lead of the Formula E Drivers’ Championship standings at the Rome E-Prix on Saturday.

The heat was on in the Italian capital as the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship motored towards its climax. After a dramatic race, amid sweltering heat wave conditions, Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy raced superbly to take second, confirming his seventh visit to the podium in 2023, and retakes the lead of the Drivers’ Championship.

Cassidy started the weekend just one point shy of Jake Dennis at the summit of the Drivers’ Championship standings, and heading into Sunday’s second race of the weekend the Kiwi driver leads his British rival by five points. Coming home behind eventual winner Mitch Evans, Cassidy once again executed a superb race strategy, mixing aggression and decisive overtaking with calm energy saving. 

As well as ensuring a return to the top of the Drivers’ Championship, Cassidy’s points haul places Envision Racing at the head of the Teams’ Championship going into Sunday’s Round 14.

Cassidy’s Envision Racing team-mate Sébastien Buemi enjoyed a strong qualifying. Starting fourth, the Envision Racing driver recovered from a slow start to run in eighth, looking good before slamming into Sam Bird’s stricken Jaguar, as part of an unavoidable chain reaction involving multiple cars, causing a lengthy race stoppage.  

Thankfully all drivers involved emerged unscathed from the biggest accident of the year.

QUALIFYING

Both Envision Racing drivers headed out in Group B qualifying for the opening race of the weekend in Rome, and Buemi held the second fastest time throughout the opening phase. And second is where the Swiss driver would end up, as more crucially, a crash from Jake Hughes in the dying seconds ended the session prematurely, meant Cassidy would end up ninth on the grid and have no chance to make the shootout.

It was left to Buemi to take up the challenge for Envision Racing in the knock-out phase of qualifying, and he took on McLaren’s Rene Rast as track temperatures continued to rise. After a tense duel, it was Buemi who brilliantly mastered the heat and bumps in Rome to nail the final sector progress into the semi-finals.

And in the second semi-final, Buemi went up against eventual pole position-winner Evans.It was the Jaguar driver who bettered the Envision Racing machine of Buemi to hand the former Formula E champion a fourth place slot on the starting grid.

THE RACE

At the start of the weekend’s opening race, Sam Bird snatched the lead from polesitter Evans as Buemi slipped back immediately, coming to a virtual standstill halfway around the opening lap due to a wayward Maserati. This relegated Buemi to ninth, but aided team-mate Cassidy who slipped by, finding himself in sixth by the end of the opening lap, one place behind championship leader Dennis.

On lap two the first real drama occurred when championship contender Pascal Wehrlein suffered a puncture, relegating the German driver to the rear of the pack. Back up front, Bird cycled to the lead, whilst Cassidy looked to keep in touch with the top five, as Buemi recovered a place back to eighth.

A crashed Andre Lotterer brought out a safety car on lap three, closing up the pack. At the restart the two leading Jaguar cars swapped places with Evans once more assuming the lead with the two Envision Racing cars separated by the Maserati of Maximilian Günther.

Ahead of Cassidy it was all change, and by lap seven Sacha Fenestraz split the two Jaguars, taking second place, followed by Rast who took third, relegating Bird to fourth. One lap later Fenestraz took the lead as a huge crash involving the Jaguar of Bird, an unsighted Buemi and Edoardo Mortara immediately brought out the red flag, stopping the race.

With heavily damaged cars, carbon fibre shards and debris littering the circuit, a lengthy clean up was required, and when the action got back underway, Cassidy restarted in fifth, one of just 13 cars remaining from the 21 that started.

An understandably cautious Cassidy was passed by Günther on the opening lap of the restart, as Fenestraz headed the field. Cassidy’s caution made way for bravery a few corners later as Cassidy overtook Günther to claim fifth with an artful pass.

Rast became the next target for Cassidy on lap 12, and the Envision Racing driver made a brilliant move at Turn 14, to slot in behind Dennis and apply enormous pressure as Günther continued to hassle.

With 10 laps remaining, the battle at the front really came to the boil as Dennis hit the lead from Fenestraz, Evans and Cassidy. On lap 17, Cassidy claimed third at Turn 4, setting about new second place man Evans as the top three closed up.

Entering the final five laps, Evans headed Dennis with Cassidy just about keeping touch in third and pulling away from Günther. As Evans and Cassidy took late-race Attack Mode phases, Dennis assumed the lead, only to be re-passed by Evans as Cassidy closed in and snatched second from Dennis. With two laps added to the initial 25-lap distance, Cassidy set about chasing fellow New Zealander Evans as Dennis slipped further down the field. 

At the chequered flag it was Evans who triumphed, with Cassidy close behind in second place. Günther completed the podium with Dennis holding on to fourth, losing his championship lead to the Envision Racing driver.

“At the start of the race I didn’t expect to be on the podium,” revealed Cassidy. “We had a quick car, and more than anything I was disappointed with qualifying as we had a good shot to make it into the duels, but that was what it was, and we started ninth and had a good race. I felt at the end of the race Mitch was a bit stronger than me, but it is a good result and we will regroup tonight, look at where we are and we will go again tomorrow.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 13):
1. Nick Cassidy, 171pts
2. Jake Dennis, 166pts
3. Mitch Evans, 151pts
4. Pascal Wehrlein, 144pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 107pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 72pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 13):
1. Envision Racing, 243pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 237pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 213pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 189pts
5. DS Penske, 149pts

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Another back-to-back victory? Envision Racing eye up more success at the Rome E-Prix

A crucial double-header in Italy awaits Nick Cassidy and Envision Racing as the battle for both Formula E championship titles heats up. 

The inaugural Portland E-Prix was one to remember for Envision Racing, and in particular Nick Cassidy. Following a difficult double-header weekend in Indonesia for the Jakarta E-Prix, the Kiwi racer bounced back in style to claim his third victory of the year as Formula E competed in the Pacific Northwest for the first time.

The second career victory on US soil for Cassidy proved to be a vital one. Heading into a two-race weekend for the Rome E-Prix, and with just four races remaining in 2023, the Envision Racing driver sits just one point behind Jake Dennis. Coupled with this, Envision Racing are only six points adrift of Teams’ Championship leaders Porsche.

The gladiatorial battle is on in the Eternal City.

Once again this season, Cassidy proved he is a master of the overtake. Starting in 10th, the Berlin and Monaco E-Prix victor executed a supremely measured race plan to add a West Coast triumph to his New York City E-Prix scalp from 2022.

The racing was close and at times chaotic in Portland, and both Cassidy and Envision Racing team-mate Sébastien Buemi will be hoping for a less eventful weekend, back on European soil, and on a familiar layout. 

Buemi certainly knows his way around the streets surrounding the Colosseum, and the Swiss driver has regularly graced the top 10 in the Italian capital, with a best result of fifth achieved in Season 5. Cassidy made waves in Rome during his debut season, claiming a sensational pole position after just his fourth Formula E qualifying session back in 2021.

Will Cassidy be seeking a front row start this time, or would he rather fight from the mid pack?  

THE CHALLENGE IN ROME

Making up Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this year’s race will make up the fifth time the Rome E-Prix has been staged. The first race was hosted in Season 4, with no event held during the COVID-19 pandemic affected season in 2020.

The Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR has become a favourite amongst the Formula E paddock. Featuring one of the longest layouts on the calendar, the layout is packed with varying undulations and elevation changes which can have a major impact on how teams and drivers approach both qualifying, and the race strategy. Add to this iconic landmarks and buildings such as the Piazza G. Marconi and the imposing Piazzale delle Naziono Unite, and you have a stage for both great racing and iconic scenery.

The long straights and tight corners mean that overtaking is going to happen in both races come rain or shine. As witnessed in the previous races this year, leading the early stages in a GEN3 car is not the most ideal thing, and picking the right time to lead the pack will be crucial in determining the winner in 2023. It also means that a front row qualifying slot isn’t make or break for a big points haul in Rome.

Envision Racing have form in Italy, with pole positions and podiums in the record books. With the momentum from Cassidy’s victory in Portland, and a resurgent Sébastien Buemi, all roads could be leading to another big points haul this weekend as the battle for the top heats up in Formula E.  

LAST TIME OUT IN PORTLAND

The very first Portland E-Prix had it all, and Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy showed why he is one of the coolest, and fastest, cats in Formula E.

In 2023 nobody has matched the New Zealand racer in his ability to pull off decisive and sometimes audacious overtakes when it matters. Whether it be fighting back to claim vital points in his championship charge, or securing E-Prix wins in Monaco and Berlin, the Envision Racing driver left Portland in championship contention.

‘Driver of the Race’ Cassidy started his afternoon in the picturesque surrounds of Oregon state six points adrift of Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein as the battle for the win went right down to the final lap. Staring 10th, Cassidy surged to the front, intermittently leading throughout the early phase of the race, saving energy, tyres and composure until the final lap, where he fended off new championship leader Jake Dennis to make it a hat-trick of win in 2023 and remain a bonafide title contender as the season approaches its climax.

Underlining the pace of the Jaguar-powered Envision Racing machine, team-mate Sébastien Buemi showed his grit and speed. The Swiss driver battled back from the lower reaches of the pack to end up fifth at the flag to bolster his team’s title challenge, and he will look to score big in Rome as well as help Cassidy’s quest for the Drivers’ Championship.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Jake Dennis, 154pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 153pts
3. Pascal Wehrlein, 136pts
4. Mitch Evans, 122pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 97pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 72pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 12):
1. Porsche Formula E Team, 229pts
2. Envision Racing, 225pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 190pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 177pts
5. DS Penske, 139pts

HOW AND WHERE TO WATCH THE ROME E-PRIX (ALL TIMES BST)

14 July Free Practice 1 – 16:00 – 16:45

15 July Free Practice 2 – 07:10 – 07:55

15 July Qualifying – 09:40 – 10:55

15 July Race – 14:03 – 15:30

16 July Free Practice 3 – 07:10 – 07:55

16 July Qualifying – 09:40 – 10:55

16 July Race – 14:03 – 15:30

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Envision Racing’s title challenge heads to the United States

Another new track awaits the team as the Portland E-Prix sees Formula E visit the Pacific Northwest for the first time ever. 

Since its inception in 2014, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has visited the United States six times, but the Portland E-Prix will mark the first time the sport will race outside New York City. And what a spectacle it promises to be.

The vibrant and lively city of Portland, Oregon is located 278km south of Seattle and in the United States beautiful Pacific Northwest region, responsible for grunge music, Frasier, Twin Peaks and, in the Portland International Raceway, one of the most scenic motorsport venues in North America. 

Envision Racing, and their two drivers Nick Cassidy and Sébastien Buemi, head to these new racing pastures following a difficult double-header at the Jakarta E-Prix. Cassidy started the weekend at the summit of the Drivers’ Championship standings, ended it sitting in third place, but still just six points adrift of leader Pascal Wehrlein.

With the Portland E-Prix marking the final non-European race of the year, and just four races remaining after that, both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships are far from decided and the competition will be white hot.

THE CHALLENGE IN PORTLAND 

Unlike many circuits that make up the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar, the Portland International Raceway is a permanent motorsports facility. Most notably, it has hosted IndyCar competition for several decades, as well as other top-level racing series.

The 3.190km circuit features 12 varying corners, and features a huge challenge right at the beginning of the lap; the chicane.

If other racing series are any indicator, more often than not the heavy braking required from the long start-finish straight to get slowed down for this part of the circuit can cause some serious drama. It will certainly provide some thrills and spills, both at the start of the E-Prix as the pack funnels through the right-left-right sequence of turns, and also later in the race, as it will provide a key overtaking place.

As well as a place to gain positions, the chicane will be key in qualifying. Get it right and you will be set up for a quick lap, and potentially a place in the qualification duel.

After the chicane, the circuit opens out into an increasingly flowing challenge with a quick back section which will stretch the capabilities of the new faster, more efficient GEN3 machines, and provide a stage for plenty of overtaking.

LAST TIME OUT IN JAKARTA

Following those two scintillating back-to-back victories for the team in Berlin and Monaco, it was a bit of a reality check last time out at the Jakarta E-Prix.

In the key double-header weekend, the best result for the team came with seventh for Cassidy in Saturday’s opening race, whilst team-mate Buemi had a day to forget, ending up 20th. It wasn’t all bad, however, and Cassidy bagged the fastest lap and an additional point along with six valuable championship points.

The following day, round 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship proved to be the lowest point of the season so far for Cassidy and saw the Kiwi knocked off the top spot in the Drivers’ Championship. A mid-race error resulted in an 18th place finish and with it just the second time in 11 races that Cassidy failed to score points.

Despite this, amid the broiling heat of the Indonesian capital, Buemi managed to end the weekend’s final race in the top 10, showing grit and determination to battle back from an early race setback to snatch 10th and crucial points for the Teams’ Championship.  

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 11):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 134pts
2. Jake Dennis, 133pts
3. Nick Cassidy, 128pts
4. Mitch Evans, 109pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 97pts
9. Sébastien Buemi, 62pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 11):
1. Porsche Formula E Team, 212pts
2. Envision Racing, 190pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 171pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 156pts
5. DS Penske, 139pts

RANDOM FACT 

Back in 1997, the premier American single-seater series CART saw a thrilling three-way finish, and one of the closest ever on a road course at the Portland International Raceway . 

On a damp track, British driver Mark Blundell managed to beat rival Gil de Ferran and Raul Boesel by half a tenth of a second, to score his first win in the series and etch the circuit into motorsport legend.

WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH THE PORTLAND E-PRIX (ALL TIMES BST)

24 June Free Practice 1 – 01:25 – 01:15

24 June Free Practice 2 – 18:25 – 19:15

24 June Qualifying – 20:40 – 21:55

25 June Race – 01:03 – 02:30

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