Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns believes the Formula E championship is still wide open despite leading the drivers’ standings after securing his maiden win last time out in Paris.
The 27-year-old Dutchman picked up his first win in the all-electric race series last weekend during the incident-filled Paris E-Prix and now holds a narrow one-point margin over Andre Lotterer.
With five races remaining, Frijns is not getting carried away about becoming Formula E’s fifth champion in five seasons. Instead, Frijns is looking to take the momentum of his first win into Monaco.
“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, 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.”
“Although we’re leading the championship it doesn’t change our focus or approach, and there’s still a long way to go with many points up for grabs. For sure, the Formula E title race is still wide open with any of the top ten drivers in contention.”
The drivers will once again use a shortened, modified version of the iconic street track (1.765km), using the same famous start/finish line before turning right and immediately towards the harbour, before re-joining with the more familiar track configuration, including the well-known Tabac and Swimming Pool sections.
Sam Bird isn’t expecting to see a disadvantage of being in the earlier qualifying groups in Monaco, due to the tracks smooth surface, but the brit feels qualifying will be crucial because of the lack of overtaking opportunities.
“Monaco is such an amazing and iconic place to race so every driver looks forward to this event,” said Bird. “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.”