The 2021 Monaco E-Prix is a "watershed moment" according to Sylvain Filippi
Envision Virgin Racing's Managing Director feels that there is "no better proof" of Formula E's progression as a series
Formula E is a series that's, unfortunately, been somewhat mired in controversy as of late. With the chaos of the first few weekends being left well behind however, all focus has been put on the upcoming Monaco E-Prix. The 2021 edition of the biennial event will be held on the full Monaco street circuit for the first time, meaning the cars will be travelling at much higher speeds and on a sizeably longer circuit than when they first came to the motorsport-loving principality all the way back in 2015.
It's something that Envision Virgin Racing's Managing Director Sylvain Filippi feels is a very important milestone. "As someone who has been involved in Formula E since day one, seeing the cars whiz through Sainte Devote, up the hill, past the Casino and into the tunnel will be a very proud moment indeed," he said. "I’ve always said, ‘don’t judge Formula E on where it started, judge it on its rate of progression’. There is no better proof of how far electric vehicle technology has progressed than now being able to race on the full Monaco circuit. It will mark a watershed moment in the championship’s history and I, for one, can’t wait."
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"Monaco is such an iconic circuit and I’ve been fortunate enough to race here a few times in other categories so will be amazing to add Formula E to that list," said Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns, who is currently fourth in the drivers' championship standings. "There are a few tweaks that have been made to the layout compared to the traditional track, namely the reprofiling of the first corner and the chicane on the exit to the tunnel. We’ve worked on these elements a lot in the simulator so it will be interesting to see what they’re like for real. I think if we can qualify well then we have the pace to deliver a strong result and keep the momentum up at the front."
"Unlike many of the drivers in the field, I’ve never competed on Monaco before so it will be a new experience for me," said Envision Virgin Racing's newest signing Nick Cassidy, who is a complete newcomer to the world of Formula E. "Overtaking is tricky, although not impossible, but we all know the importance of qualifying, and I feel my one-lap pace is good so hopefully we can hook it together and build from there. For sure, it’s going to be a great experience entering the tunnel for the first time!"
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Both of Envision Virgin Racing's drivers will definitely be very eager to score some good points at Monaco, as it marks the halfway point in Formula E's 7th season. If Robin Frijns is able to finish in a high position, it could put him in with a legitimate chance of fighting for the title alongside Mercedes' Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne and his former Envision Virgin Racing teammate Sam Bird, who is now with Jaguar Racing.
The Monaco E-Prix will take place on Saturday 8 May and will start at 16:00 local time.