Envision Virgin Racing is getting ready for the Monaco E-Prix on Saturday. And with just five races to go this season, Robin Frijns is top of the driver standings.
But Frijns’ win in Paris put him just one point ahead of rival Andre Lotterer. The Championship is still wide open and it’s impossible to predict what could happen in the next five races.
“The last Formula E event was the toughest race of my career so to come away with the win was an amazing feeling,” said Frijns. “Now Sam [Bird, Envision Virgin Racing's other driver], myself and the whole team is gearing up for Monaco next weekend where we’re aiming to carry that momentum through, especially with the improvements we’ve made in qualifying which is going to be paramount on such a narrow circuit like Monaco.”
This is the third time Monaco has hosted the all-electric Formula E series. The race will take place on a shortened, modified version of the iconic street track used for Formula One races. Drivers will line up at the same start line as used in Formula One, turning immediately towards the harbour before re-joining the more familiar track configuration, including the Tabac and Swimming Pool sections.
Frijns’ teammate Sam Bird is currently in ninth in the driver standings going into this weekend’s race. And after a tough race in Paris, he’s hoping for a better result.
“Monaco is such an amazing and iconic place to race so every driver looks forward to this event,” Bird said. “Compared to other Formula E tracks, Monaco is a much smoother, more clinical circuit, but it’s still easy to damage the car and because it’s so narrow, there’s even more emphasis on qualifying. Sadly, I didn’t get the result I wanted last time out in Paris, but we’ve put that behind us and are now fully focused on getting a good result in Monaco.”
Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director, added: “Paris was an amazing result for the team and proof of the enormous effort, hard work and preparation that every one of them puts into every single Formula E race. Of course, that same mentality will go into Monaco and we know we have the car, the drivers, the team – and now the momentum – to deliver good results.”
The Monaco E-Prix takes place on Saturday May 11th. Head to the Envision Virgin Racing website to find out how you can watch all the action.