Envision Virgin Racing signs Nick Cassidy for season seven

Envision Virgin Racing has announced that reigning Japanese Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy will join the team for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Following the news that Sam Bird would be flying the Envision Virgin Racing nest and heading to Panasonic Jaguar Racing next season, the team has announced that rising star and Japanese Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy will be his replacement.

Cassidy will step into the fold alongside Robin Frijns for season seven off the back of achieving the triple crown of Japanese motorsport, aged just 25.

The Kiwi is regarded as one of the most promising talents in motorsport as a result of his expolits to-date, with Japanese Super GT, Formula 3 and Super Formula titles already under his belt. 

He has also illustrated his capabilities in Gen2 Formula E machinery, with a new lap record in Marrakesh on his first outing with the team at the Rookie Test back in March on his way to topping the timesheets.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be joining Formula E and Envision Virgin Racing from next season,” said Cassidy. “The team is one of the most successful on the grid, have a great set-up and facilities, and have continually impressed me since I joined them for the Rookie Test back in March.

"All drivers know the depth and quality of the field in Formula E is among the best in the world, so it is great to be adding my name to this roster.”

“Racing in Japan has been an amazing experience and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to achieve so much in a short space of time, but I feel it’s now time for the next challenge in my career and I’m very much looking forward to doing that with Envision Virgin Racing and Formula E.”

The team’s Managing Director Sylvain Filippi said: “As a team, it is always important to look ahead to ensure our long-term success. In Nick we know we have a very ambitious, capable driver with raw talent, speed and race craft, as well as an impressive track record for his age.

"Moving to become a world championship next season, we know Formula E is going to be as competitive as ever, but from his short time with us we are confident – together with Robin Frijns – we have two drivers that can compete at the sharp end to win championships.”

Envision Group’s Franz Jung and Chairman of the Board of Envision Virgin Racing added: “I’m delighted to welcome Nick to the Envision family. Nick’s track record speaks for itself, so I know he’s going to be an invaluable asset to the team alongside Robin.”