Robin Frijns was unsurprised after finishing 8th in New York and stressed that he “couldn’t care less” about taking the title without winning a single race.
The Dutchman is currently in 2nd place in the standings without having won a single race. He is 5 points behind new leader Sam Bird and tied on points with last year’s world champion Antonio Felix da Costa. In a strong race in New York, he moved up from P21 to P8. Frijns achieved his best result of the season so far at the Diriyah E-Prix when he finished second after pushing his team to fix a pacing issue on the car.
The Dutchman explained his secret to success in the standings as coming through the season without any major crashes or retirements, and that his Envision Virgin Racing car also gives a great mechanical performance.
“Formula E is obviously very difficult, but we don’t have any mechanical issues in the car, we don’t breakdown like Jean-Eric Vergne, on the start line, for example, did.
“That’s obviously some help. We are not in silly crashes so far as well. We’re being quite consistent.
He also commented that he could not “care less” that he could win the world title even without victory.
“We didn’t win a race yet, but if I win the championship without winning a race then I couldn’t care less.”
Together with teammate Nick Cassidy (best results were a 2nd and a 4th place) and his team Envision Virgin Racing he leads the team championship. Nick Cassidy said that it took a short time for him to arrive in Formula E, now since the last three races it has “clicked more”.
“I was really happy earlier in the season with how I adapted to the car and how I adapted to Formula E.”
“I made that transition quite quickly. But there are 23 other world-class drivers here, so it’s not easy. I didn’t put it together earlier in the season. We had moments of great speed, but a little bit was me, a little bit was with other circumstances.
“In the last three rounds, it’s clicked a bit more in terms of putting the day together. I’m doing a more consistent job but also the team are alerting me more and giving me a package that suits me a bit better and I’m able to get more out of it. That’s been a huge difference.”