Envision Virgin Racing are now fully focused on the next Formula E round in Monaco after a frustrating second race in Valencia saw the team finish outside the points.
The second event at Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo, began strongly for the driver pairing of Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns with good pace in FP3, following on from yesterday’s double points finish.
New Zealander Cassidy, who finished P4 in the morning’s practice, then looked to be on course for a spot in Super Pole during qualifying, lighting the timing screens up purple before a mistake in the final sector ended any chances of that. Meanwhile, team-mate Frijns, beginning in the more challenging first qualifying group, could only manage 16th slot.
In dry, sunny conditions, the 45-minute plus-one-lap got underway with pole siter Jake Dennis leading the field away and going on to control the race at the front until the chequered flag. After a frantic opening lap, Frijns and Cassidy were running P15 and P20 respectively, but with energy management so tight at the 3.376km circuit, opportunities to move through the field proved few and far between.
Towards the end, Cassidy had managed to push his way up to P13, just outside a points finish, with Frijns crossing the line a little further behind in 19th. The weekend’s results still see the Envision Virgin Racing squad in third place in the standings with Frijns in fourth spot in the drivers’ championship.
Formula E is next in action on May 8 at the Principality of Monaco where teams and drivers will be competing on a slightly modified version of the full circuit for the first ever time.
2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Valencia E-Prix – Round 6 – Race results:
1. Jake Dennis, BMW I Andretti Motorsport, 30 laps (25pts) (P) (FQ)
2. Andre Lotterer, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, +1.483s (18pts)
3. Alex Lynn, Mahindra Racing, +2.428s (15pts) (FL)
4. Oliver Rowland, Nissan E.Dams, +2.870s (12pts)
5. Norman Nato, ROKiT Venturi Racing, +5.811s (10pts)
6. Rene Rast, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, +8.122s (8pts)
7. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Techeetah, +8.782s (6pts)
8. Oliver Turvey, NIO 333, +11.292s (4pts)
9. Edoardo Mortara, ROKiT Venturi Racing (2pts)
10. Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, +12.405s (1pt)
13. Nick Cassidy, Envision Virgin Racing, +14.329s
19. Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing, +19.756s
Drivers’ standings (after Rd 6):
1. Nyck De Vries, 57pts
2. Stoffel Vandoorne, 48pts
3. Sam Bird, 43pts
4. Robin Frijns, 43pts
5. Mitch Evans, 39pts
17. Nick Cassidy, 15pts
Teams’ standings (after Rd 6):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 105pts
2. Jaguar Racing, 82pts
3. Envision Virgin Racing, 58pts
4. DS Techeetah, 57pts
5. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 52pts