LATEST NEWS

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

LATEST NEWS

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

LATEST NEWS

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

LATEST NEWS

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

LATEST NEWS

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!

LATEST NEWS

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

Follow Envision Racing here as they look to continue fighting at the front in Formula E in 2023.

 

LATEST NEWS

Envision Racing leading pack and in-form as season arrives in Indonesia

NICK CASSIDY AND SÉBASTIEN BUEMI HEAD TO JAKARTA FOR A CRUCIAL DOUBLE-HEADER AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE HEATS UP.

Last time out, on the famous streets of Monte Carlo, Nick Cassidy and Envision Racing showed that they mean business in 2023. After a calculated first victory of the year in Berlin, the New Zealander came out on top, again, making it two wins in a row at the Monaco E-Prix.

This consecutive brace of visits to the top step of the Formula E podium, combined with three podiums, and some solid points finishes, has seen Cassidy establish a 20-point lead as the team head to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

In fact, with nine races completed so far in the 2022–23 Formula E World Championship, only once has Cassidy failed to score points. As the team move deeper into the second half of the season, just seven races remain, and a considerable chunk of points can be won, (or lost), on the streets of Jakarta.

THE CHALLENGE IN JAKARTA

This year’s E-Prix will mark Envision Racing and Formula E’s second visit to the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit. Last year’s inaugural race consisted of a single event, hosted as the ninth round of 2021–22 Formula E World Championship.

In 2023 two races will be held and, with so many points on offer, the venue could prove a key turning point in who wins both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship titles.

One thing is for sure: the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit is a fast one, and should be a perfect stage for the new faster, more efficient GEN3 Formula E machines. In particular, Envision Racing’s race-winning Jaguar powertrain will relish the long straight, which kicks off the 2.37km lap, before it is heavy on the brakes to negotiate a tight opening sector.

From there, the circuit opens out into a flowing series of swooping turns and slightly banked corners. Speed and precision will be crucial throughout the early phase of the lap, especially in qualifying, as it concludes with a tight and technical complex to round out the lap.

After powering through the circuit’s 18 turns, it’s the long run down the start-finish straight where Envision Racing will be looking to be the first to see the chequered flag once again.

LAST TIME OUT IN MONACO

The famous streets of Monaco have seen the greats of motorsport win and become legends since 1927. Envision Racing and Cassidy joined that illustrious list with a hard-fought and classy win last time out.

Fresh from victory on the punishing concrete of Tempelhof Airport, Cassidy made it two wins in a row at the Berlin E-Prix with a scintillating performance in Monaco. The Kiwi surged from ninth on the grid to establish himself at the front of the pack via a series of stunning overtakes, capped off by some canny defensive driving.

All this meant that when a late race safety car was triggered by someone else’s accident, Cassidy was sitting pretty, exactly where he likes to be. At the head of the pack, and it was pressure off as he crossed the line to win, behind the safety car, but ahead of his Jaguar-driving compatriot Mitch Evans.

With closest rivals Porsche scoring just a single point at the Monaco E-Prix, Cassidy’s mammoth haul means that heading to Jakarta, the Envision Racing driver sits at the head of the Drivers’ Championship standings, 21 points ahead of Pascal Wehrlein.

On top of that, Envision Racing heads the Teams’ Championship. This is not only down to Cassidy’s mix of consistent points-scoring and race wins, but also the grit and tenacity of ex-Formula E champion and team-mate Sébastien Buemi.

The Swiss driver has scored two pole positions this season and shown race-winning speed, but hasn’t enjoyed a great deal of luck come race day. Despite this, Buemi has battled back on several occasions in 2023 to bring home vital points for the team, and will look to get back to the top step of the podium in the remaining races.

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Nick Cassidy, 121pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 100pts
3. Jake Dennis, 96pts
4. Mitch Evans, 94pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 87pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 61pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Envision Racing, 182pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 168pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 157pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 119pts
5. DS Penske, 105pts

HOW AND WHERE TO WATCH (ALL TIMES BST)

02 June Free Practice 1 – 09:25 – 10:15

03 June Free Practice 2 – 02:05 – 02:55

03 June Qualifying – 04:40 – 05:55

03 May Round 10 – 09:03 – 10:30

04 June Free Practice 3 – 02:05 – 02:55

04 June Qualifying – 04:40 – 05:55

04 June Round 11 – 09:03 – 10:30

Follow Envision Racing here as they look to continue fighting at the front in Formula E in 2023.

 

LATEST NEWS

DIRIYAH E-PRIX NEXT FOR ENVISION RACING AFTER A STRONG START IN MEXICO

ENVISION RACING’S CHARGERS BOTH SCORED POINTS IN THE SEASON-OPENING MEXICO CITY E-PRIX AND ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE IN SAUDI ARABIA

The new, faster and more efficient era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicked off in style in Mexico with some heated battles, and plenty of tension at the historic Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, located just outside the sprawling capital city.

And It is safe to say that Envision Racing’s first ever GEN3 race was something to smile about as the team came away from the Mexico City E-Prix with both cars in the points.

In his debut for the team, former Formula E champion Sébastien Buemi enjoyed a solid race, qualifying seventh and ending up one better at the chequered flag, claiming sixth, and with it, eight points.

Not too far behind the Swiss ace was his team-mate Nick Cassidy. The Kiwi enjoyed strong late-race pace, powering his Jaguar I-Type 6 from 12th on the grid to ninth, continuing his top 10 finishing streak from the back end of last season.

TIME TO FOCUS ON THE STREETS

 

For the last three seasons the streets of Diriyah have provided the setting for the opening round of the Formula E season. This year it will host rounds two and three of the 2022–23 Formula E World Championship, and it is a stark change from the wide open spaces of the season’s curtain raiser in Mexico.

Typifying the diversity of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Diriyah Street Circuit, located just outside the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, offers a tough and unforgiving challenge.

It is also a race for night owls, and night vision will be key. The bright blue skies of Mexico City will be replaced by darkness come race time, with floodlights illuminating the path the drivers must take to ascend to victory, and they will have to do it not once, but twice at the first double-header event of the year.

This means, with one race on the Friday and another on the Saturday, there are big points up for grabs in Saudi Arabia.

THE CIRCUIT

The route of the 2.495km, 21-turn circuit runs alongside the city’s historic and spectacular walls, which are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. There won’t be any time for Buemi of Cassidy to do any sightseeing, as the high speed sections require absolute razor sharp focus.

In fact, the Diriyah Street Circuit is regarded by the drivers as one of the toughest challenges on the 16-race calendar. Fast and bumpy, it’s probably the closest any of them get to a bobsleigh run, but master the snaking sequence of corners between Turn 6 and Turn 10 with a mix of speed and calculated precision, and huge amounts of time can be found.

100 NOT OUT FOR BUEMI

Envision Racing’s new signing Sébastien Buemi is, put simply, a legend of motorsport, and the ex-Formula one racing, multi-Le Mans 24 Hour winning driver will be notching up a notable milestone under the lights of the Diriyah Street Circuit.

Champion of Formula E’s second season back in 2015-16, Buemi will start his 100th series race in Saudi Arabia, joining rivals Lucas di Grassi, Jean-Éric Vergne and Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird in clocking up a century of starts.

DID YOU KNOW…?

Saudi Arabia might be the 13th largest country in the world, but it isn’t a place to go if you fancy seeing any rivers. That’s because there aren’t any. Or any natural lakes for that matter.

With zero permanent or natural rivers, 95% of the country is considered a desert or semidesert, and under two percent of the country’s land is arable. To make up for the lack of rivers, there is plenty of coastline on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.

WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH

The weekend’s opening practice session for the 2023 Diriyah E-Prix gets underway at 18:00 local time, so that is 15.00 BST, on Thursday 26 January.

The second chance for the drivers to get to grips with the circuit before qualifying follows at 10.30 BST on Friday, with Qualifying getting underway from 12:40 BST.

The gloves come off at 17:00hrs BST when round two of the season gets underway.

On Saturday, free practice three gets underway at 10:30 BST on Saturday with Qualifying next up at 12:40 BST, with the final race of the weekend  at 17:00 BST

Keep up to date with EnvisIon Racing’s fortunes at the Diriyah E-Prix HERE

Find out all the ways to watch where you are.

LATEST NEWS

DOUBLE POINTS FOR ENVISION RACING AT THE MEXICO E-PRIX

SÉBASTIEN BUEMI KICKED OFF HIS ENVISION RACING CAREER WITH A STELLAR SIXTH AS GEN3 DELIVERED THE THRILLS AND SPILLS IN MEXICO CITY

Envision Racing’s new boy Sébastien Buemi showed pace and class as an exciting new chapter for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicked off in Mexico City with the GEN3 era, the fastest, most efficient iteration of the series, and both Buemi and team-mate Nick Cassidy showed that they are ready to fight for success in 2023.

Buemi drove superbly, calling upon all of his world class racecraft, mixing attack and defence with some serious pace from his Envision Racing machine, to take sixth place with the podium well in his sights.

Envision Racing team-mate Cassidy had plenty to be cheerful about under blue skies at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The Kiwi driver got his head down, kept out of trouble and managed to bring it home ninth to score two vital points. 

In qualifying, Buemi proved to be no slouch in the first ever GEN3 session, propelling his Jaguar I-Type 6 into the head-to-head shootout, only to narrowly lose out to eventual pole position-winner Lucas di Grassi.

Buemi would start the Mexico City E-Prix a solid seventh, whilst team-mate Cassidy got his campaign underway from 12th on the grid.

THE RACE

MEXICO E-PRIX

All 22 drivers executed a sensible start to the opening race of the season, and by the time the first lap of the 2022–23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was complete, Buemi found himself in eighth with Cassidy running 13th as a safety car was triggered due to a collision between Robin Frijns and Norman Nato.

The race got back underway, minus Frijns and Nato, on lap six, only for an almost instantaneous second safety car period actioned as a result of Sam Bird’s stricken Jaguar at turn two. At the restart, Di Grassi led Jake Dennis ,as Buemi looked to find a way around Formula E rookie Sacha Fenestraz. 

By lap 14, Buemi made his way back to where he started, taking seventh and hounding Fenestraz. Meanwhile, with an Attack Mode advantage, Cassidy made his way back to his 12th place to slot in behind reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne.

Buemi elected to trigger his first Attack Mode phase on lap 15, slipping back to eighth behind António Félix da Costa. The Swiss ace engaged in a mouth-watering duel with his fellow former champion, before a third safety car was sent out as the Maserati of Edoardo Mortara spun into the barriers at turn one.

Restart number three was headed by Dennis from di Grassi and Jake Hughes, as Buemi continued his pursuit of da Costa with Mitch Evans following the Envision Racing man. On lap 26, Buemi claimed seventh place to resume his chase of Fenestraz as things started to heat up at the front of the field.

Seventh became sixth for Buemi a lap later as Fenestraz deviated to take Attack Mode. Next on Buemi’s hit list was the Avalanche Andretti of Andre Lotterer. Could Buemi reel in the German driver as the race entered the closing laps?

The answer was yes, as the Envision Racing driver slashed Lotterer’s advantage. Eight laps were added to the original 36-lap race duration as a result of the three safety car interruptions, but could Buemi make his way by and up into fifth? 

Buemi’s quest for the top five was helped as Lotterer engaged in some close quarter combat with Hughes. The squabble meant that as the race approached the final three laps, Buemi could smell a podium place as the final car in a bracing four-way scrap for third before da Costa joined the train to try and wrestle sixth from Buemi.

On the final lap, Buemi was forced to defend from da Costa, which he did artfully to cross the line in sixth, as up front Dennis won convincingly from Pascal Wehrlein and di Grassi. Not to far behind Buemi, Cassidy kept his nose clean to end up a creditable ninth in Mexico City and kick off the year with a well-earned 10 points for the team.

“My first weekend with Envision Racing and the GEN3 era, and I am really happy with sixth place,” commented Buemi. “I think we actually could have achieved a slightly better result, and we finished the race with a lot of energy remaining, and we had good pace. A small mistake in qualifying meant I wasn’t as fast as I could have been and could have ended up higher on the grid, but all in all I think it has been a very good weekend. The team has done an amazing job and to get both cars in the points and sixth and ninth is a great result. I’m full of confidence and looking forward to the next race in Riyadh.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Jake Dennis, 26pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 18pts
3. Lucas di Grassi , 18pts
4. Andre Lotterer, 12pts
5. Jake Hughes, 10pts
6. Sébastien Buemi, 8pts
9. Nick Cassidy, 2pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 1):
1. Avalanche Andretti, 38pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 24pts
3. Mahindra Racing, 18pts
4. McLaren Formula E Team, 10pts
5. Envision Racing, 10pts

 

 

LATEST NEWS

STREETWISE FRIJNS FIGHTS FROM 21ST to 12TH BUT CAN’T CLAIM MAIDEN TITLE

ENVISION RACING LEAVE BERLIN EMPTY-HANDED BUT KEEP UP THE FORMULA E TITLE FIGHT RIGHT UNTIL THE END

The curtain came down on the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the Envision Racing team starting Round 15 on the apron of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport at the rear of the grid and both the Team’s and Driver’s title hopes realistically out of reach.

Heading into the Berlin race weekend the team were in a good place. Despite not having won an E-Prix in 2021, both drivers were in contention for the title, and Envision Racing actually headed the Team’s championship with Frijns just six points off top spot of the Driver’s standings as the teams touched down in Germany.

Underlining how quickly fortunes can vary in the rollercoaster world of Formula E, Robin Frijns’ title aspirations looked a long way away as the Dutch driver started the final race of the season in 21st place, just three slots ahead of team-mate Nick Cassidy, but Frijns has proved that a less than ideal qualifying is no barrier to bagging serious points.

All season long, due to him qualifying in Q1 and therefore generally being disadvantaged by unfavourable track conditions, Frijns has registered an average qualifying position of 17th, yet he’s scored points in seven of the 11 races this season. Truth is, you can never count out Frijns with his canny racecraft and ability to save energy…but even ‘Professor’ Frijns couldn’t make up the positions required to win the championship in Germany.

However, as the season finale got underway it looked as though all was not immediately lost for Frijns as three title contenders were wiped out of contention. Firstly, a violent start line crash brought out the red flag as Edoardo Mortara ploughed into the stationary Jaguar of Mitch Evans and at the restart on the reversed Tempelhof layout there was more drama as title hopeful Jake Dennis suffered a huge off at turn one triggering a full course yellow.

Doing his best to make the most of a tricky situation, Frijns did what he has been doing best this season, and with 15 minutes remaining had moved up to 14th from 21st. With 13 minutes left a safety car triggered by a collision between Lucas di Grassi and reigning champion António Félix da Costa closed up the field with Norman Nato leading, Oliver Rowland and Stoffel Vandoorne and the action up front was relentless, but for Frijns the front of the field was just out of reach.

After a brutal 45 minutes plus one lap of the unforgiving Berlin Tempelhof track former champion hopeful Frijns ended up an impressive 12th, underlining his season-long knack of fighting through the field and never giving up. Further forward a dramatic multi car dash for the win saw Nato hang on to win as de Vries claimed his maiden Formula E crown.

“It has been difficult to find the right direction this weekend,” stated Frijns. “It has been painful for everybody in the team as everyone has worked really hard, especially coming to Berlin leading the championship. But we just couldn’t find the pace in free practice or qualifying. However, generally speaking over the course of the season we have been consistent and competitive – we’ve had ups and downs, but we will be back stronger and try again next season.”

Frijns’ team-mate Nick Cassidy endured a hard slog at the back of the field, ending up in 17th, but the Kiwi can look back on a rookie Formula E season that has yielded two podium finishes and two pole positions and his racing stock has risen considerably.

“Generally I feel that I’ve shown so much potential with strong pace in qualifying and the races, but I could’ve done better in terms of results,” revealed Cassidy. “The car has been great and I’m really proud of the guys in the team and everyone at Envision Racing, but I am annoyed and frustrated as I think we could have achieved more.“

Reflecting upon the season and the final two races, Envision Racing’s Managing Director & CTO Sylvain Filippi said: “It has been a challenging weekend for us. We struggled to find the pace on this track and didn’t score any points as a result. And, of course, with the championship being so tight this has made a huge difference in the standings and we lost our lead in the championship. However, we have learned some valuable lessons here and the result does not detract from the tremendous job that the team has done this year.

“This season has been a rollercoaster and the most unpredictable yet in the history of Formula E. We keep learning and evolving, we have a competitive car and a fantastic team that I am so proud of, so I am looking forward to Season 8 which I am sure will deliver even more fantastic racing!”

Franz Jung, Vice President at Envision Group and Chairman of the Board for the Envision Racing team commented: “I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone at Envision Racing for their continued hard work this season. As an independent team, to finish the season in such a strong position and to have been in with a chance of winning both championships right up until the final two races is a great achievement.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Nyck de Vries 99pts
2. Edoardo Mortara, 92pts
3. Jake Dennis, 91pts
4. Mitch Evans, 90pts
5. Robin Frijns, 89pts
15. Nick Cassidy, 76pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 183pts
2. Jaguar Racing, 172pts
3. DS Techeetah, 170pts
4. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 165pts
5. Envision Racing, 165pts