A tough race in Monaco this weekend saw the Envision Virgin Racing drivers have their races cut short in the final stages.
Robin Frijns, who secured his first win in Formula E last month at the Paris E-Prix, started on the grid in 11th position and, after passing Alex Lynn on the side of Tabac, he had worked his way into ninth place. But when he used his second Attack Mode (the additional 25 kW of power that drivers can gain by driving through the activation zone) to try to pass Alexander Sims, they collided and Frijns was forced to retire.
“That was a really disappointing result for us and the team, especially after the success of Paris,” Frijns said. “We had the pace and were on course for a points finish but it wasn’t to be. The team put in so much effort so it’s also a difficult result for them. Nevertheless, we move on and just look to come back stronger in Berlin.”
Teammate Sam Bird experienced a similarly disappointing result in Monaco. He lined up 14th on the grid but had gained eight places to start the final lap in sixth position. But he was hit in the rear and forced to stop just metres from the finish line.
“Well, what can I say? After a disappointing qualifying, we had one of the best Formula E races of my career with some great overtakes, strong race pace, as well as battery management,” Bird said after the race. “It’s so frustrating it ended up the way it did, and I feel for the team to come away with no points after all that hard work. That’s racing though and we know on another day it would have been a different story.”
Sylvain Filippi, managing director at Envision Virgin Racing, added: “That’s a bitter pill for us to swallow but it is motorsport and we don’t always get the results we deserve. The team had worked so hard and Sam and Robin had driven superbly to get us into a strong, points scoring position, so then to come away empty-handed is really frustrating. There’s still a lot of positives to take from this weekend, and I know we will put it behind us and bounce back.”
Envision Virgin Racing will be back in action at the Berlin E-Prix on May 25th. Head to the Envision Virgin Racing website for all the latest news.