The Dutch racer sits simply 5 factors behind new chief Sam Fowl, who received race two in America final weekend, and is degree with defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa.
This adopted his meritocratic rise from 21st to score eighth in a race wherein there have been no main security automotive interventions and nobody forward of him retired for Frijns to inherit positions.
He advised Motorsport.com: “I drove to the entrance with pure pace.”
His greatest results of the 2021 season got here with second in spherical two on the Diriyah E-Prix following in a single day Zoom calls to his staff to rectify an absence of tempo within the Saturday race.
With no win to this point, he reckoned an absence of crashes mixed with a robust mechanical monitor file for his Envision Virgin Racing team-run Audi machine had saved him in rivalry.
Frijns mentioned: “Consistency is all the time key, as it’s in each championship.
“Method E is clearly very tough, however we haven’t any mechanical points within the automotive, we do not breakdown like [Jean-Eric Vergne, on the start line], for instance, did.
“That is clearly a assist. We’re not in foolish crashes as far as nicely.
“We’re being fairly constant.”
He added that he “couldn’t care much less” if he walked away in 2021 with the crown and not using a race win – which might be the primary time the champion didn’t rating a victory in Method E.
Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing, Audi e-tron FE07, Maximilian Gunther, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, BMW iFE.21
Photograph by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images
Frijns mentioned: “We did not win a race but, but when I win the championship with out profitable a race then I could not care much less.”
Mixed with team-mate Nick Cassidy scoring fourth and second in New York Metropolis, the privateer Envision Virgin Racing squad leads the groups’ desk over DS Techeetah and Jaguar Racing.
Rookie Cassidy, who claimed pole in Rome in April, advised Motorsport.com that he had shortly tailored to Method E but it surely was solely within the final three rounds issues “clicked a bit extra”.
The Tremendous GT and Tremendous Method champion mentioned: “I used to be actually completely happy earlier within the season with how I tailored to the automotive and the way I tailored to Method E.
“I made that transition fairly shortly,” continued the Kiwi, who set a lap file within the Marrakech rookie driver take a look at for Envision Virgin Racing final season earlier than changing Fowl on the staff.
“However there’s 23 different world-class drivers right here, so it is not simple,” he continued.
“I did not put it collectively earlier within the season.
“We had moments of nice pace, however slightly bit was me, slightly bit was with different circumstances.
“Within the final three rounds, it is clicked a bit extra by way of placing the day collectively.
“I am doing a extra constant job but additionally the staff are alerting me extra and giving me a bundle that fits me a bit higher and I will get extra out of it.
“That is been an enormous distinction.”