2017 New York City E Prix – Venturi Newsletter Sunday
2017 New York City E Prix – Venturi Newsletter
– Tom Dillmann finishes seventh in the Sunday round of the Formula E race
meeting in New York
– Maro Engel qualifies sixth but has to cope with bad luck in the race
– The first raceweekend in the history of New York proves to be a thriller up
to the final lap
In motor racing, the line between joy and frustration often is thin. In the Sunday qualifying session the Venturi drivers, Maro Engel and Tom Dillmann, convinced by securing sixth and ninth positions on the grid, with Engel being just two tenths of a second to slow to make it to the Superpole for the top five.
“Actually, these grid positions were perfect preconditions for securing at least one top-five result but once again something went wrong,” Engel said after the race. He talked about an incident in the first corner after the home straight when somebody crashed into the German’s rear. As a result, a part of its car’s rear bumper disengaged without dropping off and although Engel continued in fifth position for another seven laps the race control then told him to pit for having the part removed as they regarded the disengaged part as dangerous. “Afterwards, my chances of securing a good result were over,” Engel said. Once again, he wasn’t rewarded for a very competitive performance.
Meanwhile, Tom Dillmann experienced a clearly better Sunday. He gained two positions right at the start to give the team the fine seventh place, in the end.
“A solid day for me,” said the Frenchman. “After the qualifying session I knew that I would be able to score, today. I had a good race strategy and an outstanding energy management. I think we made the best of our possibilities.”
In two weeks, the FIA Formula E makes its next and final stop of the season in Montreal, where the teams will have to contest another double header.