Dillmann uncertain of Formula E future 

With FIA Formula E pre-season testing taking place in Valencia at the start of this month, it was noted that former Venturi driver Tom Dillmann had not been allocated any time for testing with the team, or any other team for that matter. 

He had jumped into the Formula E championship in Paris during season three despite minimal testing of any kind, finished his debut race in the points, continuing to impress in the Venturi until the season finale in Montreal. His performance in a car that had struggled all season must have been fustrating, however he carried on testing for the Monaco-based Formula E team over the summer months. So when it was confirmed that Dillmann would not be present at the pre-season testing, you can see why I was surprised to find him standing outside rival team garage Techeetah in the Valencia sun. 

“We are looking to pull something together,” Dillmann starts, as I question him about his future within Formula E, “but it doesn’t look like I will drive with Venturi.”

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Blomqvist adapts to “lack of sound” in Formula E pre-season test

“I am getting my head around it, slowly but surely,” Tom Blomqvist begins after completing his second day of Formula E testing. “There are a lot of things you have to manage and take on during a run, a lot of things to digest but so far so good.”

Blomqvist, a 23-year-old BMW Works driver, is currently competing in DTM but has been gifted the opportunity to test the MS&AD Andretti car in Valencia for the official Formula E pre-season testing. Despite not having much experience in a Formula E car, an odd lap here and there for a shakedown he completed before Valencia, the British driver said he found the car and the level of management “interesting” and a “big change” from his previous motoracing adventures.

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Bird left unimpressed with chicanes that don’t “live up to expectations”

When Formula E confirmed that it would not be returning to Donington for its pre-season testing the hunt for a new racing venue begun. The difficulty in finding a track that is adequately representative to the city-centre street circuits that Formula E race on in the championship would always prove a challenge but a track was finally chosen; Valencia and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – a popular testing venue, previously hosting Formula 1 and MotoGP.

However two additions to the race circuit have been making headlines this week during testing, and not for the right reasons.

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“Harsh penalties” should be implemented to those that “cheat” Fanboost, according to Bird

FanBoost has been a controversial part of the Formula E weekend since it was introduced at the first ePrix at Beijing in 2014. The idea was to be able to give your favourite driver a ‘boost’ of energy which would then help them during the all-electric races around global city centres. Unfortunately for FanBoost, bots soon became involved and the chance to win FanBoost became less about your fan engagement and more about how much money you had to pay to get you up the rankings.

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Meet Tom Dillmann: Formula E’s latest electrifying talent

Tom Dillmann certainly made a positive impression in the FIA Formula E Championship when he made his race debut around the streets of Paris several weeks ago, picking up four vital constructors’ points for Venturi GP in what seemed to be a one-off outing for the young Frenchman in the all-electric championship.

Since racing around the streets of the French capital, it has been confirmed that Dillmann has now secured a full-time race seat with the Monaco-based Formula E team starting in Berlin this weekend. This fortuitous opportunity presented itself after Stephane Sarrazin, whose seat Dillmann will be filling, left the team to drive for Renault-powered Techeetah after the quick departure of their driver Esteban Gutierrez. This driver change means that Dillmann will pair with German driver Maro Engel for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

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Disappointment for Abt as last lap retirement destroys the ‘one of the best Formula E races’ of his career

Starting 15th on the grid in Paris, Daniel Abt drove one of the best races in his Formula E career to place his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in P7 as the final laps of the Paris ePrix approached. He had been awarded Fanboost and overtaken a total of eight cars during the 49 lap race, making him a worthy contender for driver of the race.

Unfortunately Abt ran into trouble just three corners before the chequered flag. A battery management issue caused the car to come to an abrupt halt and ended his race meters from the finish line. Understandably, Abt was a broken man and although he was able to take several positives from the weekend in the heart of France’s capital city, the disappointment in the unreliability of the car hurt him deeply.

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