Robin Frijns goes into this weekend’s Rome ePrix as a big fan of the Italian circuit, although he knows the bumpy road surface will make it a difficult weekend for the Envision Virgin Racing squad.
The Dutchman comes into the second weekend of the 2020-21 FIA Formula E season sitting third in the Drivers’ Championship standings after taking a second-place finish in race two of the Diriyah ePrix weekend, although he missed out on points in race one.
Frijns does not believe the flow of the Rome track will be affected by the changes made to it, and as a result he goes into the weekend confident of more strong results having finished fourth there back in the 2018-19 season.
“Rome is a proper street track and one I’m a big fan of,” said Frijns. “The modifications made this year don’t appear to have detracted from its overall flow but for sure it’s going to be a challenge, especially with the bumpy road surface and perfecting the car’s ride height.
“Last time we raced here I finished fourth so it’s a track I feel comfortable on and I just hope we can score strongly again to maintain our momentum in the championship.”
“The layout looks like a lot of fun” – Nick Cassidy
Team-mate Nick Cassidy failed to score points in his Formula E debut, although he did finish inside the top ten in race two in Diriyah before taking a penalty for failing to take both of his attack modes.
However, the former Super Formula champion is looking forward to the second double-header of the year, with aims of making gains across the weekend as they learn more about the set-up of the car.
“From our extensive work on the simulator the layout looks like a lot of fun and one I’m looking forward to racing on,” said Cassidy.
“Personally, having races so close together is actually an advantage as it allows you to immediately apply the learnings from the day before – be it set up or strategy – when you’d normally have to wait a whole year to recreate the same conditions.”