Envision Virgin Racing prepare for Berlin E-Prix

Envision Virgin Racing will continue their title bid this weekend at the Berlin E-Prix.

The team has remained title contenders throughout the action-packed fifth season of the Formula E Championship. They are currently in second place in the team standings with just four more races to go.

The Berlin E-Prix takes place on Saturday May 25th at the former Tempelhof Airport. It will be the fifth time the German capital has hosted the all-electric series, making it the only city to have featured in every Formula E season.

The two Envision Virgin Racing drivers – Robin Frijns and Sam Bird – will be aiming for strong results this weekend as they continue their fights in the driver championship. Frijns is just six points off the top spot in third pace and Bird is currently in 10th.

Dutchman Frijns, 27, said: “The championship is really getting close now as we head into the final races, so it’s even more important to come away with a good result in Berlin. Qualifying is going to be crucial for me, but it is a track you can overtake on with long, slow corners. The Attack Mode activation zone, on the outside of Turn 6, is also going to be interesting as it looks like you come a long way off the racing line, so the time lost there could be significant. I know the whole team though has been preparing hard and I’m just looking forward to getting out on track.”

Meanwhile, British teammate Bird, 32, added: “After the disappointment of Monaco last time out, I’m really looking forward to the Berlin event and getting a strong result. As we’ve seen in previous years, tyre wear is high due to the abrasive concrete surface, as well as energy management which is one of the highest of any track we visit. We know we have a good car though that can handle this, as well as good one-lap pace, so hopefully we can hook everything up and score well for the team.”

For this event, drivers will face a different race start time on Saturday. The race will start three hours earlier than usual at 1pm local time. This means the practice sessions will take place on Friday, rather than Saturday morning.

UK fans can follow all the action through the BBC’s live events platform – via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button – as well as BT Sport, together with the Envision Virgin Racing website.

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