Off the back of a double podium finish in Marrakesh, Envision Virgin Racing is preparing for the next Formula E race in Santiago this weekend.
The race in Marrakesh saw drivers Robin Frijns and Sam Bird finish in second and third place respectively, giving the team its first podiums of the new season. Now the all-electric championship is headed to Santiago for its only South American race this season and the team is hoping to continue its strong momentum.
“The Marrakesh E-Prix was not only a huge boost for the team but also a key turning point as, despite being an independent team with limited testing, we were able to unlock our true pace,” managing director Sylvain Filippi said. “For sure, the competition in Formula E is super competitive and you never quite know who is going to come out on top, but I know there is more to come, and our double podium shows the team’s potential. I’ve always said we have one of the best driver pairings in the paddock and with the team working as well as it is, we feel we can deliver again in Santiago.”
The race in the Chilean capital will take place on a brand new 2.348km circuit around Parque O’Higgins, the city’s second largest public park. The 14-turn track is located just south of the city centre and will see drivers reach speeds over 210kph.
“After the last result in Marrakesh we’re really looking forward to racing in Santiago,” Sam Bird, who also secured pole position at the last event, said. “It’s a new track but preparations have been going well in the simulator and we know we have the pace to challenge at the sharp end once again.”
Teammate Robin Frijns added: “To get my best ever Formula E result in only my second ever race for Envision Virgin Racing is a fantastic feeling. The team is working so hard and the points haul in Marrakesh shows this, so we head to Santiago full of confidence and hopefully able to continue where we left off.”
The Santiago E-Prix takes place on Saturday January 26th. UK fans can follow the team’s progress through the BBC’s live events platform – via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button – as well as BT Sport, and keep up with all the latest news on the Envision Virgin Racing website.