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Frijns confirmed at Virgin for 2021-22 season

Robin Frijns will continue with Envision Virgin Racing for Season 8.

Frijns, who joined Virgin at the start of Season 5, currently lies second in the drivers’ championship standings with just two races remaining.

The Dutchman praised the team’s consistency and believes Virgin is in a strong position going forwards.

“I am very happy to stay at Envision Virgin Racing for another season,” Frijns said.

“We have a great car and a very talented, dedicated team who are doing a phenomenal job. Together we’ve managed to achieve a lot of consistency in one of the most unpredictable and competitive racing series in the world, which isn’t easy and is one of the reasons that has got us to the top of the standings.

“Having Nick [Cassidy] in the team is great too – we work very well together and complement each other.

“The skill on the Formula E grid is incredibly high and this championship gets tougher every year, so you definitely need the best team around you to succeed. But I think that, overall, we’re in a very strong position heading into the last two races of this year and into Season 8.”

Team boss Sylvian Filippi added the choice to retain Robin was “natural”.

“Robin has proven himself time and time again during the years he has competed with us,” he said. “He is an integral part of our team and has a great relationship with everyone here. That, combined with his mature approach to racing and his strategic thinking, has resulted in a very solid performance on track which has contributed enormously to the team’s success.

“Retaining Robin was a clear and a natural choice for us. He has achieved a lot but has a lot of potential still and we’re thrilled to have him in the team for another season and see what he can deliver in the next couple of races and, of course, next year.”

The team’s situation beyond Season 8 remains unclear. Next year will be Virgin’s final year as an Audi powertrain customer as the manufacturer leaves the series at the end of Gen 2. Virgin is yet to announce who it will partner with in Season 9.

Bethonie Waring

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