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Frijns Confirmed Alongside Bird at Envision Virgin

Robin Frijns returns to Formula E with Envision Virgin alongside Sam Bird…

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Robin Frijns will make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship return this season with Envision Virgin Racing, joining Sam Bird at the new-look team.

The Audi factory driver left MS Amlin Andretti at the end of the 2016-17 campaign after two seasons when BMW became a partner of the team but returns to the series through Virgin’s customer deal with Audi.

E-racing365 reported in August that he was favorite to replace Alex Lynn alongside Bird.

“I’m very excited to be returning to Formula E with Envision Virgin Racing. It’s great to be joining such a strong team and with the work we’ve already completed, it’s clear we have a very good package,” he said.

“The live event at Silverstone has showcased all that the team can do and it’s great to be a part of that. We now look ahead to pre-season testing, where we’ll be able to better gauge our on-track performance.”

Bird, meanwhile, remains with the team for a fifth season after finishing third in the drivers’ standings in 2017-18.

The 31-year-old did have significant interest from several other teams, including BMW which is believed to have made him an offer for a drive.

He is one of only two drivers, along with Lucas di Grassi, to have won a race in every season of Formula E, with a total of seven race victories under his belt.

“It’s great to be remaining with the team for a fifth season,” he said.

“The relationship we have developed over the last 45 races has been incredible and I’m excited to see it continue to strengthen.

“Season Five is a new era for every team – with the introduction of the Gen 2 car – but particularly for us, as we are now joined by Envision Group.

“The team has worked tirelessly over the summer and are ready to return to the track for pre-season testing.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake



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    October 5, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Great to see Robin back. And also to see Sam staying with the team for another season. The only downside is that there aren’t enough Virgin logos on the car for my liking. They shouldn’t have sold a controlling stake to envision. Because it’s easy to see Virgin disappearing entirely in future.

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      October 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      That’s Richard Branson’s policy, build a new business from scratch to sell for profits – not that’s wrong, he’s a businessman…

      It’s really great to see Frijns back, if Envision Virgin Racing can replicate the successful campaign that Techeetah had as a consumer team, he and Sam will have a winning car as certainly the Audi powertrain has everything to dominate this season as they were very strong last season.

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