Envision Virgin Racing are preparing for the sixth Formula E Championship after a positive performance at pre-season testing.
Taking place at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit, pre-season testing is a chance for all the teams to drive their new cars and gather essential data before the season starts in November.
Envision Virgin Racing’s driver duo, Sam Bird and Robin Frijns, completed 412 laps of the 3.094km circuit. Bird topped the time sheets on day one, completing crucial races runs in the morning session. Frijns then continued the momentum into day two, beating Bird’s lap record and ending the day in the top spot.
Bird said: “It was great to top the timings on the first day of the test but our main aim going into this week was to ensure we gained important data and learnings ahead of the first race in November. The car feels very similar to last year’s, as we’ve got an optimised package from Audi Sport for season six, so I’m confident that we have another race winning car – we just need to see it in action now.”
During the testing event, Envision Virgin Racing were focused on gathering data and completed a series of race simulations, as well as qualifying runs.
“It’s been an interesting week for the team, as an independent outfit we do not have anywhere near the testing of manufacturer teams so the data that we have gained from this test is crucial for us,” Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director, said. “Whilst the Valencia circuit is unrepresentative of a Formula E city centre track the team and drivers have still extracted the most from the car. Topping the timings for two consecutive days is also great, it shows that we’ve got the outright pace and we were consistent on the longer running as well.”
Frijns added: “The team have worked incredibly hard over the summer period and the preparation really showed during this test. Topping the timesheets on day two was really positive for me and the data gained from our race runs is hugely beneficial ahead of the season opener. We’ll spend the next few weeks reviewing this and working on the simulator to make sure that we remain competitive for the upcoming season.”
The FIA Formula E Championship returns on November 22nd and 23rd with a doubleheader race in Diriyah. Visit Envision Virgin Racing for all the latest news.