Robin Frijns admits he did not expect to be at the head of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship standings at this point of the season, although the Dutchman is eager to remain there even after this weekend’s double-header event in Mexico.
The Envision Virgin Racing driver has not yet won a race in the 2020-21 season, but his two second place finishes in Diriyah and Monaco has seen him edge five points ahead of Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team’s Nyck de Vries heading into the eighth round of the season.
Frijns says it is a nice feeling to see his name at the top of the standings, and he has thanked his team for giving him a great car this year. And he hopes their momentum from Monaco can see him and the team have a strong Puebla E-Prix weekend.
“I don’t think we necessarily expected to be leading the championship at this stage but it’s obviously a nice feeling and credit to the team for all their hard work to deliver a great car,” said Frijns.
“We have been in this position before back in 2019 so we’re not getting carried away, but the momentum is in our favour so we hope we can put together another good weekend in Mexico.”
“We know the pace is there – both one-lap and race” – Nick Cassidy
Whereas Frijns is riding high in the championship, team-mate Nick Cassidy has endured a much tougher campaign, with the rookie having taken two top ten finishes in the opening seven races.
The former Super Formula champion currently sits a lowly seventeenth in the standings, although he has shown signs of speed, only for luck to desert him when he most needed it.
Cassidy is expecting a challenging weekend in Puebla around a track that will be part-oval, but he is aiming to score points in both races on Saturday and Sunday.
“It looks an interesting and challenging track from the simulator as, in addition to the medium-fast sections in the infield of the oval, the layout also includes a steep banking section which is a first for many in Formula E,” said Cassidy.
“It also looks very bumpy so that again creates challenges, but we know the pace is there – both one-lap and race – and that we can come away with two good results if we put everything together.”