Robin Frijns arrives at the Berlin E-Prix, the final of the 2021 season with a double race, in second position in the general classification, six points behind compatriot and rival Mercedes Nyck de Vries. This follows two podiums, having finished second in both Diriyah and the Monaco E-Prix, but his position puts him in a not-too-favored situation for the Tempelhof Airport event.
After two seasons in the Andretti Autosport team, the Dutchman moved to the Envision Virgin Racing team as Sam Bird’s teammate for the 2018-19 season and scored wins in the Paris and New York City rounds. Frijns has now agreed on a new agreement to stay at EVR for the final year of the Gen2 regulation.
Frijns said: “I am very happy to stay at Envision Virgin Racing for another season. We have a great car and a very talented and dedicated team that is doing a phenomenal job ”.
The EVR leads the team standings and the fight is underway with Mercedes to beat the Audi works team – which will leave the series after the German round – for a third consecutive term. The private team will continue to use Audi powertrains for 2022 and is expected to agree another deal with customers’ engines should it remain for the Gen3 rules cycle starting in 2022-23.
EVR CEO and Chief Technical Officer Sylvain Filippi added: “Keeping Robin was a clear and natural choice for us. He has achieved a lot, but he still has a lot of potential, and we are excited to have him in the team for another season and see what he can offer in the next two races and of course next year ”.
“Robin has proven himself over and over again during the years he has competed with us. He is an integral part of our team and has a great relationship with everyone here. This, combined with his mature approach to racing and his strategic thinking, has resulted in a very solid performance on the track which has contributed enormously to the success of the team ”.
After Bird’s move to Jaguar Racing with a multi-year deal for 2021, Super GT and Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy has been signed alongside Frijns for this season. This followed his record-breaking lap in the 2020 Formula E rookie test in Marrakech, where he surpassed the times of 0.5 seconds.
Referring to Cassidy, who is seventh in the standings, Frijns added: “Having Nick on the team is fantastic – we work very well together and complement each other. The skill level on the Formula E grid is incredibly high and this championship gets tougher every year, so you definitely need the best team around you to be successful. But I think that, overall, we are in a very strong position towards the last two races of this year and towards 2022 ”.
Franz Jung, chairman of the board of Envision Virgin Racing, said: “Frijns is perfect for the team and keeping him on board will also provide important stability and continuity for the future.”