VENTURI Formula E Team heads to the Chilean capital Santiago today, ahead of the third round of the 2018-2019 Formula E Championship.
The engineers have been hard at work to resolve the issues faced in the last two races, and the whole team is determined to perform in South America.
IN THE HEART OF THE CAPITAL
Formula E is taking up residence in O’Higgins Park, central Santiago, a place where the city’s residents go for fun and relaxation. The cars will race on a 75 hectare site that is also home to a funfair.
“My wife is originally from Chile, so this is obviously a country dear to my heart. I also have great memories of the incredible warm welcome I received in Santiago last year. In sporting terms, after the technical issues we had in the first two races, we’ve learned a lot and worked hard. I’m looking forward to seeing how we measure up against the other teams.” – Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
The 2.348 kilometre track includes 14 turns. Finding the right set-up will be the key to success for the teams here. The circuit’s bumpy surface is made from two different types of asphalt, and includes long, fast bends and a chicane that leave no margin for error.
Testing in Marrakesh on 13 January, the day after the second race of the season, was an opportunity for VENTURI Formula E Team to work on braking and energy recovery, two areas that posed problems in the race. Solutions were identified and will be put into practice in the shakedown, on Friday at 3pm.
“I’m delighted to be making this stop in South America. Chile is a country I love and I know there are many Chileans amongst my fans – that’s an extra source of motivation for me. We haven’t started the season as well as we would have liked, but we’re constantly challenging ourselves to improve. We have tried to find solutions to our issues, and now I’m looking forward to testing them on the track.” – Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
Since last week, reserve driver Norman NATO and the two lead drivers Felipe MASSA and Edoardo MORTARA have been testing a range of different settings and scenarios in the simulator at the team’s Monaco-based headquarters.
The temperature in Santiago is expected to top 30° so for the first time this season, the heat will be a real factor, requiring careful battery and tyre management.
“We’ve had a tough start to the season but the last round in Marrakesh ended on a positive note with some consistent results during the rookie test and the team have continued making improvements between the races. Each track brings unique challenges and there’s only so much that you can prepare for with the simulator – on race day we need to focus on finding that perfect combination of reliable and consistent car performance.” – Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
As usual, free practice, qualifying and the race itself will take place over the course of a single day, Saturday 26 January 2019.
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