Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director Sylvain Filippi described the Mexico City E-Prix as “truly agonising” after a possible double-podium finish fell apart late in the race.
Sam Bird and Robin Frijns were both set for strong results after qualifying fifth and sixth on Saturday afternoon. The pair ran strongly in the first half of the race but soon saw a strong team result slip away.
“Today’s race has been bitterly disappointing, to know we could’ve come away with at least one podium – possibly two – is truly agonising,” Filippi said post-race.
“We’ve shown throughout the weekend that we’ve had great pace and both drivers were making strong progress during the early stages.
“But, as we know, anything can happen in Formula E and we’ll now concentrate on getting a strong points finish at the next race.”
Bird topped Free Practice 1 at the start of the day and made it into Super Pole with another strong qualifying performance, but lost control of his Audi e-tron FE06 in the closing stages.
While running second and defending from Antonio Felix da Costa, the Brit drove onto the marbles on the edge of the track, losing control of his car and sending it into the tire barrier.
He initially recovered but the resulting damage made him lose control again, ending his race in the barriers.
“I’m beyond gutted with today; we’d shown just how quick the car was this morning and I was making great progress during the race – a podium finish was in our grasp,” he explained.
“Losing it so close to the end of the race is heart breaking but it shows just how difficult this championship is, there’s just no room for error.”
Frijns, meanwhile, dropped back after being caught up in an incident with Nyck de Vries. The Mercedes-Benz EQ driver locked up into Turn 1, slowing down and causing Frijns to unavoidably make contact.
His car was damaged but he managed to continue, provisionally finishing 12th until he was disqualified for using too much power.
“Once again luck was just not on my side here in Mexico,” the Dutchman said.
“I’d made great progress during the race and believe I could’ve been up there on the podium today, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the incident with Nyck ended any chance of me scoring points today.
“It’s a difficult day for the team but with Marrakesh just around the corner we’ve got to regroup and begin our preparation for the upcoming race.”