Robin Frijns won his first Formula E race at the Paris E-Prix on Saturday.
Under the most difficult conditions, he brought his Virgin across the finish line in first place and even took over the overall lead in the championship thanks to the 25 points plus 1 for the fastest race lap. Team colleague Sam Bird dropped far behind after a collision and ended the race in eleventh place just outside the points.
“That was the toughest race of my career,” said Frijns shortly after the race. “The last thing you want to do when you’re racing is rain, it was very slippery in the FP1 – everyone came off the track and I had a crash too, it was very difficult conditions and it just worked If you’re in front, you’re the first rider to test the grip on the corners, Andre (Lotterer) was behind me with just one mistake, I was under pressure all the way through the race and never rested Except in the Full Course Yellow stages, first of all, I was especially happy when it was over and I brought the car back in one piece. ”
A few minutes after the start of the race, Frijns was in second place behind Sebastien Buemi and tried several times to pass the Swiss. When he got the Attack-Mode, Frijns even jumped him. “I was a bit faster than Buemi,” says Frijns. “I never touched him except at turn 9. He came out wide, and I wanted to take advantage of that because I activated Attack mode, but he decided to use Attack mode as well as I already clipped the apex. ”
“I braked and tried to dodge, but it did not work, so we touched each other,” Frijns continues. “I do not know what happened then, but five laps later he slowed down (because of a slow puncture).
Frijns especially enjoyed the moment during the award ceremony when the Dutch national anthem was played. His first victory happened exactly on the Dutch “King’s Day”, which is a yearly event with parades, folk festivals and concerts in Holland. “It was really a bit emotional to be on the podium and hear this melody, it was the first time for me in Formula E.”
Next “bad day” for Sam Bird
Teammate Sam Bird later described the Paris E-Prix as a “bad day”. The Briton was involved in an accident in the race with Jerome d’Ambrosio and had to accept the next severe setback after Sanya and Rome. “I was eliminated in the third race in a row and there was nothing I could have done about it, it’s just bad luck, but unfortunately three times in a row, which has never happened to me before in my career,” said Bird.
The next race in Formula E will be the Monaco E-Prix in just two weeks.
- Source: Formula E
- Photocredit: Shivraj Gohil / Spacesuit Media
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