ABT CUPRA achieved its best result so far in the current Formula E season with a sixth-place finish by Nico Müller in Rome on Saturday. In a chaotic race interrupted by a red flag, the Swiss driver managed to stay out of all the scuffles and record the first top-six result for the newly formed team. While Robin Frijns retired through no fault of his own on both days, Nico Müller scored another point on Sunday after a strong recovery from 19th to 10th place.
“The result on Saturday was good for the whole team – everyone deserved this small moment of success after the tough last few months,” said ABT CEO and Team Principal Thomas Biermaier. “Nico was strong all day and kept a cool head in a turbulent race and acted very smart. I’m sure Robin would have scored points too if he hadn’t been caught up in the aftermath of the accident.” While Müller just managed to avoid a violent crash in front of him, Frijns grazed a damaged car and had to retire early with damage.
“We made the best of a difficult starting position and scored valuable points for the team,” said Nico Müller, who had started the race from position 14 on Saturday. Like his teammate, Müller missed the entire free practice session on Friday and thus valuable preparation time because a software problem had put all four Mahindra cars out of action. “What was positive was not only the positions, but above all the fact that we are getting closer and closer in terms of pace and efficiency,” says Müller.
On Sunday, both Nico Müller, who was slowed down by yellow flags, and Robin Frijns failed to get a clean lap in qualifying and did not finish beyond tenth row on the grid. Nico Müller managed a strong recovery to the points with a flawless drive, a good strategy and clean overtaking maneuvers. Robin Frijns reported a too high battery temperature on the radio, then lost power and had to retire early.
With another double-header, two races on one weekend, the ninth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will come to an end on July 29 and 30 in London.