Envision Virgin Racing preparing for the 2019 Rome E-Prix

With the all-electric series heads to Rome this week to begin its European leg. Taking place on the specially-built 2.87km Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, the events marks the first of five European races and features a 21-turn track with drivers reaching speeds in excess of 200kph.

The E-Prix on Saturday, 13 April will be the second time the Italian capital has hosted the series following the inaugural race last year, which was won by the team’s British driver Sam Bird.

Sam Bird pointed out that the qualifying will again be the key to a successful race. Photo: Sam Bloxham, LAT Images/ ABB FIA Formula E

“Of course, it would be great to do the same again this year, but we’ll just have to see. The competition is seriously high this season with just 10 points currently separating the top six drivers, and all six races so far have seen a different winner, so it’s really open. As always, qualifying will be key, but if we can get this right and start from the front then we have the car and the team to deliver”, Bird pointed out.

The Italian venue is a new one for Robin Frijns: “It’s great to be racing in such an iconic city, and in a country with such fantastic motorsport heritage. The track looks challenging from our work in the simulator, and pretty bumpy in some of the braking areas, plus it’s one of the longest we race on and one of the largest elevation changes there is. For sure, it’s going to be an interesting race.”

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