Five things you need to know about the Rome E-Prix

1. It was a fourth place finish for Robin Frijns and Envision Virgin Racing

Frijns secured fourth-position during Sunday’s incident-packed Formula E Rome E-Prix. The result scored vital points for the team – ensuring the title charge in both the drivers’ and the constructors’ championship continues.

Drivers' standings after round seven have Robin Frijns sitting in sixth position on 55 points and Sam Bird in eighth position on 54 points. Envision Virgin Racing is in second position in Teams' standings on 109 points.

2. Envision Virgin Racing’s mechanics are the best in the business

Sam Bird endured a challenging race – being pushed into a wall and damaging the rear of his car. Fortunately for Bird, a multi-car incident at Turn 19 brought out a red flag – allowing him to drive back to the pits and fix his car. The Envision Virgin Racing mechanics set to work in the pit lane in a race against time to repair his car. They did so with time to spare, allowing him to re-join the race, with Bird going on to cross the line in 11th place.

Envision Virgin Racing

3. Rome is on the right path to embracing sustainable mobility

This weekend’s event helped raise awareness of the city’s need to embrace sustainable mobility – showcasing electric vehicles in a city that is still largely holding on to its petrol and diesel past. Rome is one of Europe’s most traffic-clogged cities and thousands of ancient outdoor monuments are now under real threat from air pollution.

Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi has committed to a series of ambitious targets to make the eternal city greener, healthier and more prosperous and the city is currently in the process of drawing up a sustainable urban mobility plan to tackle this. “Rome is ready to take up the challenge of improving the quality of life of citizens,” said the Mayor recently. “To do so, we must radically change the image of our city. We have set ourselves specific goals: we will ban diesel cars from the city centre by 2024 and purchase zero-emission buses starting from 2025.

4. The race produced the seventh winner out of seven races this season

Mitch Evans and Andre Lotterer fought for the lead, but Evans was ultimately able to secure a first Formula E win for Jaguar. Evans is now the seventh Formula E winner from the seven races that have taken place so far this season. This 2018/2019 season features 11 teams and 22 drivers and is taking place in 12 cities throughout the seven-month race calendar.

5. The Envision Virgin Racing team will come out fighting in Paris

Sylvain Filippi, managing director for the team, just said: “I’m extremely proud of everyone in the team today for their efforts and although the results don’t reflect our true pace, we still came away with a strong result. Both Robin and Sam drove superbly, but what the team managed to do to fix Sam’s car in time was a great example of how well this team operates, especially under such pressure. We’re still in a very strong position for this stage in the season and both championships are super close with plenty of points to play for, so we’ll head to Paris in two weeks’ time and look to come out fighting.”

The next round of this 2018-19 season takes place in Paris on 27 April.

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