Frijns claims a stunning podium finish at the Diriyah e-prix
Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns announced his Drivers’ Championship title aspirations under the lights at the Diriyah E-Prix with a stylish qualifying performance and superb second place finish in a thrilling Saturday race in Saudi Arabia.
As the only Envision Racing machine taking part in round three of the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Frijns made a perfect start. Starting second on the grid, he established an early lead from pole-sitter Oliver Rowland, beating the British driver into the opening sequence of turns.
From there, Frijns held onto second place for the remainder of the 36-lap race, resisting some serious pressure from Rowland to come home on the podium as runner up behind Nick Cassidy.
“Nick did a very good job,” Frijns said afterwards.
“But I secured P2, it’s good points – and hopefully we can go one better at the next race.”
It wasn’t all good news in Saudi Arabia. In qualifying, the Envision Racing duo experienced extremely differing fortunes. Both were quick, and as Sébastien Buemi crashed out, Frijns was in imperious form. The man from Maastricht beat all comers, soaring through to the final where he sealed second place on the grid.
For Buemi, his crash proved terminal, and it was an early bath.
The damage sustained in his qualifying shunt would mean the Swiss driver could not take part in the weekend’s second race and was forced to watch from the sidelines.