MIXED FORTUNES IN NEW YORK FOR VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM
New York, 16 July 2018
Following fine results in the first race on Saturday, VENTURI Formula E Team saw its fortunes take a turn for the worse on Sunday as both cars retired with mechanical problems after a very good start.
THE RAIN PLAYS HAVOC
In the only free practice session, Maro ENGEL and Tom DILLMANN – with the help of their engineering teams – looked to adapt to the wet conditions on Sunday morning, focusing on tyres, brake tuning and torque management.
In qualifying, DILLMANN was unlucky to be drawn in group n°1, the least favourable of all. The French driver continued to grapple with the rain and qualified in 14th place.
ENGEL also tried to get the best out of his tyres in the wet conditions, something of a rarity in Formula E, but despite his efforts continued to struggle for grip and could only post the 17th fastest time.
GOOD RACE PACE, DISAPPOINTING OUTCOME
When the lights went out, DILLMANN and ENGEL both got off to perfect starts and picked up one and two places respectively. Two laps later, ENGEL joined DILLMAN in the main pack of cars vying for position. At that stage, the VENTURI drivers were running in 13th and 14th place.
On lap 6, DILLMANN managed to pass LOPEZ for 12th place, but as he began the next lap, his transmission failed and DILLMANN was forced to return the pits and abandon the race.
The retirement saw ENGEL move up a place to 12th, just before a Full Course Yellow, after which the German driver made a good restart. By lap 13, he was just two-tenths of a second behind SARRAZIN and preparing to make a move for 10th, but suddenly began complaining that his car had lost performance. Two laps later, he pitted to switch to his second car, but soon suffered a loss of power that forced him back into the pits once again, this time permanently.
IN THEIR WORDS
“The start of the race was good. I made five places in 15 laps. It was looking good, with a good strategy to develop, but unfortunately that’s where the story ended. It’s a shame because we were set to score some good championship points again.”, Maro ENGEL, VENTURI Formula E Team driver.
“I made a good start and passed D’AMBROSIO and LOPEZ. We were running at a good pace and heading for the top 10, using little energy and managing the temperatures. The car was particularly effective today, but then unfortunately the gearbox broke. That’s the way it is with mechanical sports, you just have to accept it.”, Tom DILLMANN, VENTURI Formula E Team driver.
“Of course it’s disappointing to see both cars retire, especially after finishing 4th and 8th on Saturday. Nonetheless, VENTURI Formula E Team has shown all season that its cars are very reliable. We’ll ride the wave from yesterday now as we look to prepare for the future. With this great team, that I’m now getting to know better, I can’t wait to start preparing for next season. The best is still to come.”, Susie WOLFF, Team Principal of VENTURI Formula E Team.
VENTURI Formula E Team ends this fourth ABB Formula E Championship season in 7th place in the constructor standings.
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