LBePrix: Robin Frijns ‘gutted’ with race result

Long Beach ePrix, Long Beach, California, United States of America. Saturday 2 April 2016. Robin Frijns (NLD) Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E

LONG BEACH, USA. Amlin Andretti driver Robin Frijns was enjoying a strong start race and was running in fourth with the podium in sight until title contender Sebastien Buemi hit the back of his car going into turn 7, resulting in a broken rear wing for the Dutchman. Frijns then had to pit early and fell to the back of the field.

“[I’m feeling] gutted, I suppose. I am struggling a bit with qualifying – in FP1 and FP2, we always seem to be up there around P6 or P5, which was the same this weekend, and then we go to qualifying and we never actually put it together as we did now.

“I qualified P6, we gained a position [after Da Costa’s exclusion] so I qualified P5 and then looked promising in the race. In Mexico I qualified P13 and I was 5th.

Looking ahead to the two new circuits, Frijns is uncertain of the pace of the Andretti, which is using last year’s power train, against that of the manufacturer teams.

“Some tracks suit the new cars or [they are] quite similar [in pace] but some tracks are really far apart. I can’t tell you why that is, so I just hope for the next races that it all comes together. Qualifying was a complete joke, P3-6 was half a tenth apart or something. I hope it is close like it is here and I can have another shot.”

Read a review of the Long Beach ePrix here.

Formula E returns on 21st April for the Paris ePrix.

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