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Filippi Expects “Incredible Season” of Formula E

Envision Virgin’s Sylvain Filippi anticipates the closest ever Formula E season…

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Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director Sylvain Filippi believes that the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be the closest fought in its history.

The new campaign will see several key sporting changes but the overall technical makeup has largely remained stable since the introduction of the Gen 2 car in 2018.

Filippi believes that the continuity throughout the Envision Virgin Racing squad from Season Five to Six will benefit the Chinese-owned team which finished third in last season’s team standings.

“You need a fast car, quick drivers and a really strong team that makes no mistakes to have a shot at the title,” Filippi told e-racing365.

“Sometimes in this sport you have something missing, something you really want and need. Here I feel strongly we now have all the ingredients together so this gives me a lot of confidence.

“But also I know how unpredictable and cruel it can be also. So just because we have some great people and good technical package in the team doesn’t mean anything will come easy, we know this.”

Filippi is one of a handful of senior team members who have been ever-present in Formula E since its inception in 2014. He thinks that the competition and a further closing-up of teams on outright pace and performance will see Formula E again provide a spectacular show.

“I expect Season Six to be an incredible season, we say it very year and every year it happens,” he said.

“When you have stable regulations which we have, it tends to plateau and we can see that all the cars will have a similar performance.

“In a way it is a bit annoying because getting a big technical advantage is not going to happen so it will be all about set-up, qualifying and good race craft which we know we are all good at.”

Filippi also believes that the extra 10 kW of power available in the mandatory Attack Mode will be of significance when forming race strategies this season.

“Having 35 extra kilowatts is really more significant power for four minutes so you can definitely overtake someone with that,” he said.

“This means that the strategic element of when to use it is going to be very important and you have to use it when it is green, so the strategy side of it will be very interesting which is great.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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