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01 Jul. 2016

Shake it out : London ePrix shakedown report

Shake it out : London ePrix shakedown report

01 Jul. 2016

Renault e.dams’ title campaign got underway in Battersea Park today. The bumpy, cambered 2.9km track – the perimeter road of the Park – was the scene for a 30 minute shakedown. Nico Prost and Sébastien Buemi enjoyed runs in both their cars as they got to grips with the challenging circuit and even more challenging wet-dry weather conditions.

Nico Prost commented : ‘It was difficult conditions as the track was a bit wet in places, but dry in others, but ultimately drier than we expected. It wasn’t bad as a session. The track is less bumpy than I remember so I’m looking forward to getting started for real tomorrow.’

Sébastien Buemi, who hopes to take his first Formula E title this weekend, added : ‘The track feels better than last year as it seems to be less bumpy, but it’s difficult to judge as we run with very little power in the shakedown. We will see how it really is in practice tomorrow but it was good to get a little bit of running in today. The circuit was quite wet as there are the trees that cover the track and block out the sun, plus there are lots of wet leaves. But all was OK and sets us up well for tomorrow.’

The drivers will have two further practice sessions tomorrow before qualifying at 12 :00. The 33 lap race, the longest-ever race seen in Formula E, starts at 16 :00hrs.

30 Jun. 2016

London ePrix: Views from the team

London ePrix: Views from the team

30 Jun. 2016

Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager

You never treat the last race as a normal weekend, particularly when you are fighting for the championship, but you have to concentrate on each session and each lap rather than thinking too far into the future. The race for both titles is very close and maybe it will go down to the last lap – we have seen several times in Formula E that you cannot predict anything. When I was a driver it was always my aim to take the championship down to the last race every year, but as a team manager it’s a bit more stressful!

There are so many variables at each race, but particularly in London. It can be clear in the morning and wet in the afternoon, as happened last year. This can change how the car feels and your approach as a driver, so you need to adapt to the circumstances as they are at that particular moment.

We know that the two Abt drivers are very strong and the team has got better and better, but you have to consider that everyone is the competition. We need to focus on ourselves and do the best we can.

Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager

It’s been a long gap between races, so we have been trying to optimise all we know for the end of the season. Most importantly, we need everyone – mechanics, engineers and drivers – to be as cool as possible for the last two races. We have quite a big challenge ahead of us and we need to work the way we have over the season. We cannot react to the pressure.

We learned some lessons from last year in this respect. We have to go to London and do our jobs normally and professionally. Winning in Berlin was of course the best way to set us up. The middle of the season was a bit hectic, but we saw that the drivers have recovered full confidence in the car to get the best performance.

Personally I like racing in the UK and it is very novel to race in London. I lived in London for seven years so know it well, but I never thought we would be racing around Battersea Park! It’s a credit to the organisers that we have been able to go there for two years, and I hope we will find some other suitably impressive place in the centre of the capital to be able to come back in future seasons.

 

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29 Jun. 2016

London ePrix: Nico Prost's thoughts

London ePrix: Nico Prost’s thoughts

29 Jun. 2016

I would have loved to be in the title fight, but the start of the season was very hard with quite a few frustrations. At various points I was fighting for a win or podium but something happened and we couldn’t quite realise the results we deserved.

The Mexico podium was obviously good and there have been other strong results, but now I want to help the team retain the teams’ championship. I may be able to move up a few positions in the drivers’ championship as well, but the most important is to help the team and Seb where possible.

London is an interesting race track and I’m looking forward to making the most of the last rounds this year.

28 Jun. 2016

London ePrix: Sébastien Buemi's thoughts

London ePrix: Sébastien Buemi’s thoughts

28 Jun. 2016

We are at the very end of the championship and we know what we need to do, and how to do it well. We will focus on every small detail, including the preparation, looking after the car and I’m trying to get as much time as possible in the simulator.

London will be very special. Both championships are still open and from a driver’s perspective that is very motivating. In the drivers’ race it’s enough to finish ahead but there are lots of variables that can affect the outcome, including the weather and the qualifying group we are in. We need to see if Lucas and I are together – if we line up next to each other we will need to fight, but if there is a gap you can have some margin. You have to race with the championship in mind.

Of course it would be amazing to win. Last year I lost the title by just one point, which was very hard to accept. I want to win and I will fight for points until the last lap of the last race.

 

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RACE CALENDAR

24 / October
BEIJING
Prost -   Buemi 1
07 / November
PUTRAJAYA
Prost 10   Buemi 12
19 / December
PUNTA DEL ESTE
Prost 5   Buemi 1
06 / February
BUENOS AIRES
Prost 5   Buemi 2
12 / March
MEXICO CITY
Prost 3   Buemi 2
02 / April
LONG BEACH
Prost 11   Buemi 16
23 / April
PARIS
Prost 4   Buemi 3
21 / May
BERLIN
Prost 4   Buemi 1
02 / July
LONDON
03 / July
LONDON
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