Frijns aims to extend “unexpected” championship lead in Mexico

Current championship leader Robin Frijns has revealed that he was not expecting to be leading the championship at this stage of the season ahead of this weekend’s Puebla E-Prix.

The Dutchman holds a five point lead over compatriot Nyck De Vries following a strong second place in Monaco at the start of May.

“I don’t think we necessarily expected to be leading the championship at this stage but it’s obviously a nice feeling and credit to the team for all their hard work to deliver a great car,” said Frijns. “We have been in this position before back in 2019 so we’re not getting carried away, but the momentum is in our favour so we hope we can put together another good weekend in Mexico.”

Managing Director of Envision Virgin Racing, Sylvain Filippi is very content with the team’s performances prior to the mid-season break, “Robin and Nick have been putting in a great performance this season to put us in a strong position at the halfway stage, both in the teams’ and drivers’ standings. We all know that anything can happen in Formula E so for us it is about scoring consistently and capitalising on the opportunities when they come.”

The team current sit fourth in the championship, currently 24 points down on leaders Mercedes EQ, due to bad luck on Nick Cassidy’s side of the garage. Nick, despite multiple Superpole appearances and a pole in Rome to his name, has a tough opening to the first part of his season, currently sitting just 17th in the table, but is looking forward to the unique challenge Puebla gives.

“It looks an interesting and challenging track from the simulator as, in addition to the medium-fast sections in the infield of the oval, the layout also includes a steep banking section which is a first for many in Formula E. It also looks very bumpy so that again creates challenges, but we know the pace is there – both one-lap and race – and that we can come away with two good results if we put everything together.”

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