An eventful first race weekend for Amlin-Andretti Formula E Team during the season opener of Formula E in Beijing. Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro’s race was cut short when she ended in the wall at Turn 2 in the opening laps, whilst Dutch 2015 Blancpain GT Series Champion Robin Frijns produced a solid debut to round out the top ten with a championship point.
“I got hit in the opening laps of the race which is really annoying as I didn’t get a full run,” said de Silvestro with frustration.
“Simona was unlucky because at the beginning of the race she was hit from behind by Felix da Costa and ended her race in the wall,” added Roger Griffiths, Co-Team Principal of Andretti Formula E Team.
“Congratulations to Robin for scoring a valuable championship point in his first Formula E event. He drove an aggressive yet smart race, passing several established FE racers on the track. Unfortunately, we finished just outside the top ten, but this is a good base to work from.”
Battling with the likes of Jacques Villeneuve, Stéphane Sarrazin and Jean-Eric Vergne, Frijns was pleased to score one point. “I learned a lot about saving energy this weekend,” he said. “This type of racing is a little bit different to what I am used too, with lots of defending and overtaking so you have to have to adopt a different mentality and I honestly think that makes you a better driver. We were pushing in the corners, we were losing a little bit on the straights compared to the others, but overall I had the same average speed so I don’t think that the race was too bad!”