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Virgin Brand to Remain in Formula E for 2019-20

Virgin brand remains in Formula E for another season; Envision Virgin Racing keeps entry name…

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The Virgin brand is set to stay in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season with Envision Virgin Racing keeping its official team name.

The team name was modified for the start of the 2018-19 season in deference to majority stake holder Envision Energy which acquired its interest in the spring of 2018.

There followed a turbulent time for the executive arm of the company as changes were made to its structure including the departure of its team principal Alex Tai in June 2018.

Now the team is headed by two key individuals: managing director Sylvain Filippi, who takes care of the day-to-day running of the team, and Envision Group’s Franz Jung, who serves as chairman of the board.

“We have always different options on the table but for Season Six we will remain like it is today [as Envision Virgin Racing] but what we do for Season Seven or Eight is too early to talk about now,” Jung told e-racing365.

The team enjoyed a successful first full season in its present structure with a third place finish in the points standings after three wins via Sam Bird in Santiago and Robin Frijns at the Paris and New York City E-Prix.

Filippi believes that the successful gelling of Virgin and Envision will also attract new partners in the team.

“They are a shareholder in the team so their name will be with us yes and they help us with a whole range of things and we have a good relationship with them. We don’t expect any changes soon [in the team name],” Filippi told e-racing365.

“We are working hard on new partners and sponsors too, so the outlook is bright I would say. Envision have brought a lot, they are a cool company to be working with.”

Filippi also stated that the off-season will be a time for Envision Virgin Racing to fine-tune its technical operation ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

“It will be a bit less intense than last summer when we got the Gen 2 cars but we will be strengthening the team and planning for Season Six,” he said.

“We will continue to work closely with Audi on the season six car and our engineers will get to work to make sure we can hit the road quickly for the new season.”

Like last pre-season, Envision Virgin Racing is expected to get an allocation of test days from its powertrain provider Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, which receives 22 days as a powertrain provider.

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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