Audi’s Formula E Season Is Not Going Well and Virgin Racing Isn’t Shocked

Last year Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler and Virgin Racing announced a multi-year deal that would see the Audi squad supply Virgin with complete Formula E cars from Season 5 onward – the first and so far the only customer deal Audi has reached in Formula E.

It’s safe to say that after two rounds, things haven’t worked out the way Audi wanted them to, though. Audi only has four Top 10s to its name after the opening rounds in Ad Diriyah and Marrakesh, while Virgin has scooped up a pair of podiums.

But Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns isn’t surprised. He doesn’t mean that as a dig at Audi – he just knows that smaller race teams can sometimes move a bit more swiftly and react to changes quicker, which is particularly important at the beginning of the season.

“I did not expect it, but at the end of the day I’m not that surprised either,” Frijns told Autosport. “My team works in a very different way to the way they work simply because we are a small team and they are a big team.”

“We have different ideas. My engineers, some of them have different backgrounds and different ideas to theirs.”

“So, that means we do this in a different way, which is what makes the whole thing interesting.”

Frijns also believes that the drivers are making a difference. While Audi’s duo of Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi have lots of Formula E experience, Virgin has a pair of extremely quick drivers in the way of Frijns and Sam Bird.

Audi acknowledged that it lacked speed in the opening Formula E round at Ad Diriyah, with Abt saying the team has “no pace in the race compared to others.” Abt also said he thought the team ” didn’t hit the sweet spot in terms of the car,” setup.

The 2018-2019 Formula E season will continue this weekend with the running of the Santiago ePrix.

[source: Autosport]