BLACK SATURDAY IN PUNTA DEL ESTE FOR VENTURI FORMULA-E TEAM
The race in Punta Del Este Uruguay has been frustrating for the Monaco based Venturi Formula-e team. During the qualifying round Jacques Villeneuve took off with group 4 to try to earn the best position on the grid but ended up having a violent accident at turn 17. He was coming into the turn quickly but his aggressive late braking didn’t pay off “I was braking and my front wheels were blocked, I was unable to control the car” said the Canadian driver just after his accident.
The car is broken, the suspension is totally destroyed and there is a crack in the chassis. It is not possible to repair so much damage and with one car left, the team decided to focus on the Sunday testing day for the former Formula One champion (1997) and his participation in the Uruguay race has been cancelled.
Stephane Sarrazin, had a difficult qualifying session on the slippery and sandy track and ended up in 13th position on the grid. However, as usual, with patience and determination Stephane did a great job and held a very good pace from lap one, overtaking Piquet for example and ending the race in 9th position. Stéphane explained after the race : “Today it has been really difficult for us, we had no speed, we made some mistakes with the set-up in qualifying and with our strategy during the race. We wanted to make a shorter first part and he didn’t worked. »
Now the team is totally focussed on the test day Sunday in order to prepare the rest of the season and the round 4 of the Formula-e championship which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 6th.