This weekend marks the final two races of Formula E’s thrilling fifth season. Managing director Sylvain Filippi is confident about Envision Virgin Racing's chances, saying they are “in a good position”.
Envision Virgin Racing has been a front-running team the whole season, with both Sam Bird and Robin Frijns securing victory at races. Between the two drivers they’ve also had a further three podiums and have not dropped below third in the teams’ standings since day one.
“The whole team has been working flat out to ensure we’re in the best possible shape heading into the final two races in New York,” Filippi said. “There’s a lot of points up for grabs and, as we’ve seen so far in Formula E, anything can happen. As an independent team competing against some serious manufacturer competition, we’ve enjoyed a remarkable season so far and I know everyone wants to capitalise on that and end on a high.”
Now the all-electric series is returning to Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York City, for the final two rounds of racing on July 13th and 14th. With 94 team points up for grabs, anything is possible and everything is at stake. Envision Virgin Racing is currently third in the teams’ standings, with Frijns in sixth in the drivers’ championship and teammate Bird in ninth.
The team has been undertaking its usual rigorous preparations ahead of the races, including extensive time in the simulator for both drivers. Together they have driven six times the mileage completed on a normal race day while preparing for the New York E-Prix.
“The season finale is understandably a big occasion with a lot at stake, so we’ve worked really hard with the engineering team to ensure we’re fully prepared,” said Bird, who has won twice before in New York. “We’ve put a lot of laps in at the simulator too and, compared to last season, the circuit is virtually the same aside from the odd tweak here and there. I’ve obviously got an impressive record at this track so hopefully we can get two good results and score as many points for the team as possible.”
Frijns added: “High ambient and track temperatures could make things even more interesting for us drivers so it’s going to be a challenging event for sure. Every race this season has shown how close everything is between teams and drivers so we know every little detail will count. I’m really looking forward to this weekend, especially after the disappointment of the race in Bern last time out. All the prep has been completed and we know what needs to be done so we just want to get out there and give it all we’ve got and cap off a great first season with the team.”
Envision Virgin Racing will also host an Innovation Summit in New York on July 12th to discuss the climate crisis and the role that business has to play in combatting the effects of global heating.
The Formula E New York City E-Prix takes place on July 13th and 14th, starting at 4pm EST (9pm BST). 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, Eurosport, and Envision Virgin Racing’s website.