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Filippi: Envision Virgin’s Season Six Testing Plan “Flexible”

Envision Virgin likely to use some of Audi’s test days for 2019-20 but “flexible”…

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Envison Virgin Racing is likely to again use some of Audi’s official testing days ahead of the next ABB FIA Formula E Championship season although this is “flexible”, according to managing director Sylvain Filippi.

The British-based, Chinese-owned team will enter Season Six in a similar position to its current setup, running customer Audi powertrains.

Lucas di Grassi recently gave Audi’s 2019-20 powertrain its first run with three days at Mallorca between the Paris and Monaco E-Prixs.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler gets an extra seven days of running in addition to the standard 15, due to its status as a customer supplier to Envision Virgin, which officially doesn’t get any.

Prior to the start of the current season, Envision Virgin used two days of Audi’s allocation at the German manufacturer’s Neuburg test track, ahead of the official pre-season test in Valencia.

Filippi says that a similar scenario could play out later this year as the team gears up for a sophomore campaign with an Audi-provided powertrain.

“[Audi] do their manufacturer testing and they control their days and what they do, this is clear,” Filippi told e-racing365.

“They involve us in the latter part of the test program but it is very flexible and has to fit for them depending on what is going on with the testing program

“The idea is that we will do what we did last year and get a couple of days but it still early days and flexible.

“There is a bit less pressure for us this year because it is the same chassis for next season so there is not as big a learning curve compared to last year.

“It is not a secret that if they need our help then we are there because it helps everyone.”

E-racing365 understands that Audi will continue its Season Six development testing in early June.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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