Frijins set for Formula E comeback with Virgin Racing

by Nathan Hine
Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, New York City

Robin Frijns is expected to return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December to partner Sam Bird at Virgin Racing, thus replacing Alex Lynn at the British team. Frijns is an Audi factory driver in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters category.

Frijns is currently favourite to join Bird next season given the fact that Virgin Racing are expected to become a power-train customer of the German manufacturer.

Previously, the Dutchman competed in two full seasons of Formula E with the Andretti squad alongside Antonio Felix Da Costa, but was usurped when BMW became an official partner for the team. He was replaced by Tom Blomqvist for last season, who ultimately failed to see out the season, with Stephane Sarrazin competing in the final three races of the season.

“We have lots of time to confirm things with drivers and get things in place.,” said Virgin Racing Managing Director Sylvain Fillippi to e racing 365.

“We are in a good position and fully in charge of our own destiny. I think as a customer team we have a lot going for us and as Techeetah have shown it can be a very strong place to be.”

Fillipi explained that we can expect a confirmation of their Season Five driver line-up in October, but also suggested that their driver selection would have to be approved and endorsed by the board, which is now largely made up of Envision Energy representatives. The Chinese renewable energy giant acquired a majority share in the outfit back in April.

It is also been widely known that Audi DTM racer Nico Muller and Prema Formula 2 driver Nyck De Vries, both of whom tested for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler at the rookie test at Marrakesh last January, are also under consideration for a seat at Virgin Racing next season.

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