Envision Virgin Racing will contest the 2019/20 FIA Formula E Championship with an unchanged driver pairing of Sam Bird and Robin Frijns.

Bird has raced for the team since the all-electric championship’s inception in 2014, winning races in every one of the five seasons to-date. Regularly a championship frontrunner, the British driver has so far been unable to string together a consistent campaign and has a best result of third overall in the 2017/18 Drivers’ Championship standings.

“I’m excited for season six, as a team we really showed that our experience in Formula E is a huge strength last season and with a top three finish I think we can continue to use this and push forward,” said Bird.

Frijns will spend his second season as teammate to Bird, with his Audi connections helping him into the season last season when the squad switched to Audi customer powertrains. The Dutch driver finished fourth overall in the 2018/19 standings, with victories in Paris and the New York City season finale.

“It’s great to be continuing with the team for a second season of Formula E,” Frijns added. “Season five was a real learning curve, as it was for all drivers with the introduction of the Gen2 car, so I’m excited to see what this new season has to offer.

“We ended last season on a high – with my season finale win in New York City – and we want to continue this momentum. We’ve worked hard over the summer period and are now looking forward to pre-season testing in Valencia.”

The team will be one of two on the grid confirmed to be running customer powertrains in the 2019/20 season, joining Venturi which opted to end its in-house program and switch to Mercedes-Benz units.

“Formula E has become the most competitive championship in the world and with new manufacturers joining – alongside those we were competing against in season five – having consistency is key for the team,” said Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s Managing Director.

“Retaining our strong driver line-up has allowed us to focus all our efforts on the upcoming season and to really utilise our knowledge and experience.

“Having concluded an extremely successful first full season with Envision Group, we’re now looking ahead to the upcoming seasons where we can develop our team experience, both as a team and with our partners.”

Envision Virgin Racing’s driver line-up announcement leaves the NIO team as the sole outfit to confirm its driver pairing.

2019-20 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)
Team Drivers
DS Techeetah Jean-Éric Vergne António Félix da Costa
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Lucas di Grassi Daniel Abt
Envision Virgin Racing Sam Bird Robin Frijns
Nissan e.dams
Sébastien Buemi Oliver Rowland
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Maximilian Günther Alexander Sims
Mahindra Racing
Jérôme d’Ambrosio Pascal Wehrlein
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Mitch Evans James Calado
Venturi Racing
Felipe Massa Edoardo Mortara
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Stoffel Vandoorne Nyck de Vries
GEOX Dragon Brendon Hartley Nico Müller
NIO 333 FE Team
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team André Lotterer Neel Jani

Images via ABB FIA Formula E Championship

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