Long Beach California ePrix. A promising place for Venturi Formula-E team
The Formula-E series is back in Long Beach, California, one of the most iconic racing locations in the US for 40 years. Long Beach is a very particular place for Venturi’s Formula-E driver Mike Conway. The English champion won there in April 2014.”Long beach holds a lot of great memories, all from my IndyCar days” said Conway remembering his victory. “My last win there was not so long ago. It’s a fun track but is quite demanding and I am looking forward to going back there in a Formula-E car and having just as much fun. »
The race in Long Beach will be the 6th round of the FIA Formula-E Championship Series. The track is next to the marina and is 2.1km long with 7 turns and 41 laps beginning at 4pm local time.
Conway’s teammate, Stéphane Sarrazin, is leading in the Fanboost vote since voting began. Extra power for Stéphane could give Luigi Mazzola, Venturi’s new team Technical Director,
some ideas such as including the fans in his overall race strategy. Mazzola has just joined the team after an observation period. He spent 20 years in Formula 1 racing with Ferrari (1988-2009). He began as race engineer and ended as coordinating director of performance development. Mazzola worked with some of the best drivers in Formula-1 history including Gerhard Berger, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher. “It’s a really difficult, demanding championship because it’s a one day event and you don’t really have time to work like you would like to on set-up. Battery management is a true and key component of the race that you have to deeply understand. These cars are very difficult to drive and the street tracks are very challenging. Everything can be an issue. “That’s exciting” said Luigi who has won eight Constructor World Championships in Formula-1 as Technical Director of the Ferrari Test Team and 6 Formula-1 Driver World Championships as the Ferrari Test Team Manager.
He wants to bring that winning spirit to Venturi Formula-E “We need a positive and aggressive spirit and a good environment to win. I want to have everybody looking at each detail. We have the skill and competence, now we have to be organized and focused in the same direction.”
The entire Venturi family will be present in Long Beach. Owner of Venturi Automobiles Gildo Pastor will be in the garage along with Roger Schroer who is the world’s fastest driver of an electric car, the Venturi VBB-2.5 at 495km/h (2010). A large part of the team working on the Venturi VBB-3, the latest in a series of streamliner’s developed by Venturi Automobiles and their partner’s at The Ohio State University, will be in attendance in Long Beach. Roger will drive the VBB-3 this summer in an attempt to top the FIA Electric World Speed Record he set in 2010 and will no doubt be a fierce supporter of Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway on Saturday.