Robin Frijns has admitted that the Formula E drivers made a compelling plea for the FIA to reschedule the Berlin race on the Formula E calendar to evade a conflicting clash on the 12th of May with the 6 hours of SPA.
Expressing astonishment over the clash, Robin Frijns, a proficient LMP2 car driver for Team WRT, voiced his dismay regarding the inability of the series to find an alternative date for the Berlin round. “I was hoping that the clash didn’t happen,” Frijns lamented. “It is painfully frustrating because it’s not like Berlin is on city streets. It’s in an airfield. We could do the race tomorrow.”
In an exclusive conversation with Formula E Zone, Frijns highlighted that several WEC drivers, which includes Sebastien Buemi, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Stoffel Vandoorne, collectively approached Formula E and the FIA, urging them to reconsider the race date.
“There were about six of us lobbying for the FIA to avoid the clash. We were hoping for that to help, as no one is benefiting from the clash,” Frijns remarked. He further added, “Worst case scenario for us is that we only miss one race in Berlin, and we can come back and do the Sunday race, but we would have preferred to not have any clash at all.”
The repercussions of this scheduling conflict were palpable, notably affecting Antonio Felix Da Costa. He revealed that Porsche instructed him to step down from his WEC commitments, potentially due to the clash with the Berlin Race.
Da Costa, the FE champion in 2019/20 with DS Techeetah and LMP2 WEC champion with Jota in 2022, expressed his regret at not being able to continue racing for the British team alongside his Porsche obligations.
“I am a little bit sad, but I understand why people higher up than me have decided this,” Da Costa expressed in an interview with Autosport. “Porsche has given me the opportunity to race its car in FE, so if I have to make this compromise, I will. But the name of my profession is racing driver, so in my eyes, I should be racing every weekend.