Viva la Mexico!
Viva la Mexico!
The Formula E Championship once again travels to South America for its stop in Mexico. On 01st April, the country’s capital, Mexico City, will stage the fourth round of the 2016 / 2017 season and the Venturi GP Formula E team is looking forward to the challenge. The ‘Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez’, located in the heart of the city, is a tradition-rich motor-racing venue. The Venturi-GP drivers, Stephane Sarrazin and Maro Engel, will race with a modified gearbox.
Technical changes during the season are penalised in Formula E and so, both Sarrazin and Engel will receive 10-position grid penalties, following the qualifying session. “The revised gearbox should increase our reliability compared to the previous races,” said Venturi GP team owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor. “The 10-position grid penalty is hard to swallow,” added Sarrazin who is confident nevertheless: “We coped with situations like this in the past and we also will succeed in doing so in Mexico.”
The circuit in Mexico City is iconic. It was opened in 1959 and was the venue of the Mexican Formula One GP from 1963 to 1970, from 1986 to 1992 as well as in 2015 and 2016. Among the winners of the race were the likes of Jim Clark and Graham Hill or Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Formula E made its debut at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez that features a 1.6-kilometre speedway. Formula E, however, uses a 2.1-kilometre version including the infield.
“I’m looking forward to the forthcoming race weekend,” said Engel. “The Mexicans are regarded as extremely enthusiastic and so, a great atmosphere is virtually guaranteed.” The break since round three held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 18th February was used in a productive way by both team and drivers. “We used the opportunity to adapt even better to the car,” revealed Engel. “I think that our general level of performance will give us good chances of gaining the ground in the race we will lose due to our grid penalty. We want to make it to the points.”
Due to a scheduling conflict with the official pre-season tests of the World Endurance Championship, WEC, quite a number of Formula E drivers, inter alia Stephane Sarrazin, will arrive in Mexico delayed.
Therefore, Tom Dillmann will contest the so-called shakedown – a first practice session – on Friday evening. The Frenchman is the reigning Formula V8 3.5 Champion and Venturi GP’s reserve driver in Mexico. “We are happy that Tom will help us out in the shakedown,” admitted Marc Gindorf, co-owner of Venturi GP. „He has got a lot of single-seater racing experience and will provide us with a lot of important data, with Stephane being absent.”
Cheering 2.0: The fans can actively support the Venturi drivers
In the FIA Formula E Championhip the fans play a major role as the ‘Fan Boost’ offers them the chance of activating a dose of extra power for their favourite driver. Twitter posts with the hash tag #FanBoost and the name of the respective driver – in the case of Venturi GP #Maro Engel or #Stephane Sarrazin – will automatically be counted and evaluated. And in the second half of the race, the three drivers with the biggest number of votes will be provided with 30 kilowatt of extra power for 30 seconds.
Get thrilled by watching the race action live: Eurosport covers Formula E live
The sports channel Eurosport covers the races of the Formula E Championship live on TV. The qualifying session will be broadcasted Saturday night from 23:30hrs and the race on Sunday from 00:00hrs. In addition, Venturi GP will bring – after the race – a 10-minute round-up of the race weekend featuring moving pictures at the team’s social-media channels and at different media partners
On Venturi GP
Team Venturi GP is based in Monaco and the motor-racing branch of the automotive supplier Venturi. Company owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor can be regarded as visionary when it comes to electric mobility. In 2000 he took over the management of Venturi Paris S.A. and turned the company from a small-batch car manufacturer into a supplier of innovative drive shafts. Inter alia, Venturi was responsible for the retrofitting of production cars for the French post to electric drive. Co-owner of Venturi GP is German entrepreneur Marc Gindorf who made a name for himself in DTM and at the legendary Nordschleife.
In the Formula E debut season, the Venturi GP
Formula E team was represented on the grid by Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin. The latter was teamed up in 2015 / 2016 with former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and Briton Mike Conway. In the current season, Stephan Sarrazin and Germany’s Maro Engel who resides in Monaco once again will contest the 2016 / 2017 winter season for the Monegasque squad. , with Maro Engel who resides in Monaco being his new team-mate, for the 2016 / 2017 winter season.