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Envision Group Founder & CEO Lei Zhang on site to support team. Formula E now heads to Rome to start European leg.
Robin Frijns in the #4 Envision Virgin Racing Gen2 car at the Sanya E-Prix
Envision Virgin Racing remain on top of the teams’ standings in the FIA Formula E Championship, despite a disappointing result during today’s hot and humid Sanya E-Prix.
Bird was caught up in an incident with Stoffel Vandoorne in the opening stages when he was hit from behind, damaging the Briton’s rear diffuser and sadly cutting short his race – the first E-Prix he’s retired from in 25 races (last being Monaco, season three).
Meanwhile team-mate Frijns was enjoying a strong race having worked his way through the field from P12 and on course for a points-scoring seventh-place finish. But on the penultimate lap, the 27-year-old was tagged from behind by Sebastien Buemi coming into the hairpin, pushing him into Lucas di Grassi ahead and ending both their races.
The event at the 2.3km, 11-turn street circuit marked the home race for the team’s majority owner Envision Group and was attended by its Founder and CEO Lei Zhang.
Bird, 32, said: “Today was certainly not the result we’d hoped for, but we take it, and move on. The clash with Stoffel [Vandoorne] was not malicious in any way and just one of those things. We just put it behind us now and look ahead to the Rome race, which we enjoyed a great result at last year. It was also great to have Lei Zhang here from Envision Group for their home race and we look forward to seeing him at many more to come.”
2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Source: Envision Virgin Racing, Saturday, 23rd March 2019
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