03 Aug 20

Envision Virgin Racing 'more prepared than ever' heading to Tempelhof

No stone has been left unturned at Envision Virgin Racing in the lead up to Berlin, says the team's Managing Director Sylvain Filippi, with Sam Bird and Robin Frijns striving for greater consistency over the nine-day six-race finale from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport.

It's so far been a bit of a mixed bag for Envision Virgin Racing in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Sam Bird flew out of the blocks to take the race win in the season-opening SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix but since then, points have been hard to come by for the Brit.

Bird finds himself in 10th in the standings, whilst team-mate Robin Frijns heads to Tempelhof in 15th spot having also secured his best points haul to-date this season in Diriyah. 

The aim, after an unprecedented and enforced break filled with mountains of preparation by the team, is consistency.

Both Bird and Frijns are keenly aware that with more than a half-season's worth of points up for grabs in just nine days, there's an opportunity to string together results and stake a claim.

Mixed fortunes

“I’ve had quite a mixed season so far but winning in Diriyah proved we’ve got the capabilities to fight at the top and I’m looking forward to getting back out in the car again," said Bird.

Bird wins in Diriyah! ABB FIA Formula E Championship: SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix, 2019.

"I’ve continued to work hard on my fitness in the break and have spent a lot of time working with the team on the simulator and learning the new configurations.

"I think the new, tweaked Berlin layout could pose some different challenges, as it looks to be a more technical, so they'll be very interesting races to watch!”

“For sure, it’s definitely going to be challenging but I’m really excited to see what happens in Berlin," added Frijns.

"There are 180 points up for grabs across the six races, and we’ve seen time and time again that anyone can win in Formula E, so I think we’re going to see some really exciting racing!

"Competing behind closed doors will definitely add another element to the event but as a team we’re doing all we can to continue to interact with our loyal fans at home.”

Robin Frijns Formula E

Hard work and preparation

Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s Managing Director, said: “The entire team has been incredibly busy over the past five months and I think we’re more prepared than ever heading into the six-race showdown.

"Of course, it’s going to be hugely challenging, both physically and mentally, but we’ve done all the preparation possible and we feel really positive heading into the last rounds of the season.

"Formula E, the FIA and the local authorities have done an incredible job setting up this event in such a short timeframe and I’m very impressed and reassured with all the safety measures they have put in place."

The British outfit will be sporting "Thank you NHS" branding across its cars in Berlin, in appreciation of the UK's key workers and National Health Service and will be showing its support for the championship's #PositivelyCharged campaign.

It will also be hosting live Race Against Climate Change sustainability forums, free to all. Featuring panellists such as US actor Aidan Gallagher, footballer Héctor Bellerín and Professor Michael E. Mann.

Don't miss a minute of Formula E's unprecedented nine-day six-race season six finale from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport