Robin Frijns heads to the double-header of the London E-Prix this weekend sitting third within the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship standings, and he is aware of he may have all of it to do in Qualifying.
The Envision Virgin Racing driver has but to win through the 2020-21 season however stays firmly within the battle for the title heading into the ultimate 4 races, however he’ll begin the weekend on the Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL) in group considered one of Qualifying.
Frijns is aware of he can not afford a repeat of what occurred in Qualifying for the New York City E-Prix as overtaking is more likely to be trickier in London, so he’s aiming to be in or across the prime ten so as to be in rivalry for factors.
“We’ve done some simulator work for London and the track looks a bit different, quite tight overall and quite narrow in some areas,” mentioned Frijns. “We even have the 4Kw discount to keep away from flat-out racing, however I’m not positive that can be sufficient.
“We now have each vehicles in Group 1 so it gained’t be simple to qualify in entrance and, trying on the monitor format, overtaking can be fairly troublesome; so qualifying can be vital, as all the time. If we handle to begin someplace round P10 I believe we will battle for the factors, however I don’t assume that ranging from the again and ending within the factors can be as possible because it was in New York.
“However, anything can happen in Formula E.”
Frijns says the monitor format has the potential of constructing situations trickier whether it is moist exterior, with the a part of the circuit that can be inside persevering with to be dry. However, he’s anticipating an fascinating weekend with very shut lap instances, so getting essentially the most out of each lap can be vital.
“With some parts of the track being very narrow I think we will see some crashes, some mistakes from all the drivers,” mentioned the Dutchman. “We’ll even be driving out and in of the monitor and, after all, we don’t know what the climate goes to do, nevertheless it might be half moist and half dry.
“The monitor floor is totally different inside and we might have extra grip or much less grip there – we might want to determine that out once we’re on web site.
“But it’s going to be quite interesting I think, with very close lap times in qualifying and also during the races, so we will definitely need to fight for every split second we can gain.”
“The next few races are for sure going to be really tough” – Nick Cassidy
Team-mate Nick Cassidy has been on a very good run of type in latest races, with two podium finishes previously three races, and he has moved as much as fifth within the standings heading to London.
Cassidy has twice completed second, within the second races of each the Puebla and New York City E-Prix weekends, whereas he was fourth in race one in New York to convey himself firmly into championship rivalry.
The New Zealander hopes to proceed the momentum from the previous few rounds in London, though he is aware of it is not going to be that easy as he’ll now be positioned in group one for Qualifying, at the least for race one of many weekend.
“I’m looking forward to the London race,” mentioned Cassidy. “It’s clearly the group’s dwelling race and it’s loads about our guys and women as effectively, so needs to be an thrilling one.
“It can be a brand new expertise for Formula E and to return right here main the championship as a group is improbable. I believe we’ve some actual momentum going however the subsequent few races are for positive going to be actually powerful.
“With regards to the circuit, I don’t really know what to expect – I think it’s pretty different to what we’ve had so far this year, but any track in this championship is a challenge. We’re always up for a challenge, though, so that’s all good for me!”