Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director Sylvain Filippi has praised Robin Frijns for taking his maiden ABB FIA Formula E Championship victory in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
Frijns led the majority of the race after both leading Nissan e.dams cars hit trouble in the early exchanges and dealt with a rain shower, four Full Course Yellow cautions and a safety car period to lead home Andre Lotterer.
“Robin was magnificent today, he was impressive in the changing conditions and he did an incredible race because it was super difficult and the grip was changing all the time,” Filippi told e-racing365.
“He couldn’t see anything behind Buemi and it was affecting his braking points and other things so he literally rode out the storm and did it excellently.
“He handled the pressure brilliantly and I thought he deserved the win all day long.”
Filippi revealed that Frijns had worked intensively with the Envision Virgin technical team to master his qualifying effort, an aspect of his driving which he had been self-critical of earlier in the season.
“Robin spent a lot of time with his engineer [Bertrand Fermine] and focusing on that a lot,” said Filippi.
“He did homework with data and it was a good support to him and this is what I like about this team, we love the drivers and they know we are fully behind them.
“There is no funny business, so we help remove some stress.”
Wing Damage Worry Went Away
The front wing damage that Frijns suffered after slight contact with Sebastien Buemi’s Nissan IM01 caused initial anxiety in the Envision Virgin pit, according to Filippi.
The contact dislodged a part of the wing which is part of an all-encompassing front bodywork section on the new Gen 2 car.
“Of course we worried but when the wing was still on their after a few laps it got calmer and we thought if it was a big issue it would have affected him already,” said Filippi.
“It was a tiny, tiny touch with Buemi but the front bodywork is strong as it is all one piece really.
“We had one ready in the box just in case but we became less worried as the race went on from that point of view and the stress went away a bit.”