Virgin shows its livery as Bird/Frijns retained for 2019/20 Formula E season
Envision Virgin Racing has released a darker version of its 2019/20 FIA Formula E Championship car with a confirmed line-up of Sam Bird and Robin Frijns.
Bird and Frijns will return for another Formula E season for Envision Virgin as the team revealed a darker version of their old livery for the 2019/20 season, ahead of the pre-season test at Valencia on October 15-18.
"I’m excited for season six, as a team we really showed that our experience in Formula E is a huge strength last season and with a top three finish I think we can continue to use this and push forward," said Bird, upon the announcement.
"It’s great to have Robin back with the team for a second season and in our new-look race suits I think we look great. The team, and our partners, have worked incredibly hard over the summer and are ready to head to Valencia for pre-season testing."
At the same time, Frijns added: "It’s great to be continuing with the team for a second season of Formula E. Season five was a real learning curve, as it was for all drivers with the introduction of the Gen2 car, so I’m excited to see what this new season has to offer.
"We ended last season on a high – with my season finale win in New York City – and we want to continue this momentum. We’ve worked hard over the summer period and are now looking forward to pre-season testing in Valencia."
And finally, Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s Managing Director, said: "Formula E has become the most competitive championship in the world and with new manufacturers joining – alongside those we were competing against in season five – having consistency is key for the team.
"Retaining our strong driver line-up has allowed us to focus all our efforts on the upcoming season and to really utilise our knowledge and experience. Having concluded an extremely successful first full season with Envision Group, we’re now looking ahead to the upcoming seasons where we can develop our team experience, both as a team and with our partners."
2019/20 Formula E line-up so far:
Audi: Lucas di Grassi & Daniel Abt
DS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne & Antonio Felix da Costa
Porsche: Neel Jani & Andre Lotterer
GEOX Dragon: Brendon Hartley & Nico Muller
Nissan e.Dams: Sebastien Buemi & Oliver Rowland
BMW Andretti: Maximilian Gunther & Alexander Sims
Mercedes: Stoffel Vandoorne & Nyck de Vries
Jaguar Racing: Mitch Evans & James Calado
Venturi Racing: Felipe Massa & Edoardo Mortara
Mahindra Racing: Pascal Wehrlein & Jerome D’Ambrosio
Envision Virgin: Sam Bird & Robin Frijns
[Note: This story was also written by me on FormulaRapida.net]