Imagine racing in one of motorsport’s best championships, competing for a top manufacturer and heading for your second drivers’ title. Sounds like the dream, right? For Gary Paffett, 2018 should have been a simple: focus on winning the DTM Championship title with Mercedes.
DTM was a series Paffett had raced in for the past fifteen years with great success but that was all to come to an end when Mercedes announced they would be quitting DTM at the end of the 2018 season, in favour of the all-electric Formula E Championship.
“Shock. Utter shock,” was how Paffett described to katyfairman.com when explaining his initial reaction to the news that Mercedes were leaving DTM. “It was something that shocked all of us, it really did. Nobody expected it to happen. There are always rumours here or there about one manufacturer pulling out of this or that, but Mercedes have been the ones that have been [in DTM] through everything. They are the ones that held it together when it was struggling. They had been there for thirty years without a break. So, it was a big shock not only to the outside world but to us in the team because nobody saw it coming.”
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Managing your source of power in motorsport is vital. It can make or break a driver’s race weekend. Guaranteed, the actual act of running out of fuel during a race is something that has not happened in Formula 1 for many years, but in a sport like battery-centred Formula E, managing the power source until the end of the race is still a learning curve for some of the championship’s brightest talents.
With a new generation of Formula E just months away, pre-season testing for season five getting underway in October, the innovative second gen car will incorporate a battery that will last the entire race distance. For the first four seasons of the all-electric championship the cars had a capacity to last half of the race distance, resulting in a tense and often highly-strategic mid-race car swap. The new battery, developed by McLaren Applied Technology, will see the top power output increase to 250 Kw/h (335bhp) and an additional 50 Kw/h available to drivers during qualifying sessions.
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Despite being one of the most experienced racing drivers on the current Formula E grid, racing in series such as the World Endurance Championship and previously winning the Super Formula Championship, Andre Lotterer confessed that the jump into Formula E “took time [in order] to feel at home and confident with everything”.
Talking to katyfairman.com, Lotterer, who experiences his first home ePrix this weekend in Berlin, explained that he found himself having “so much to learn in a really short time.”
“I am enjoying it a lot now, but it was difficult to enjoy it,” the Techeetah driver stated. “But as soon as we had some better results, [I am] feeling more confident with everything.
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Formula E returns to the Parisian streets for a third consecutive year this weekend. This season, which started in December when the all-electric championship visited Hong Kong, now only has five races remaining in the battle to decide the victor of the season four drivers’ title.
Currently Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne looks to be the favourite, 18 points ahead of Sam Bird who is second in the standings, but recent races have left the former F1 driver craving more than just totalling up championship points. He wants wins, especially in front of his home crowd this weekend.
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Having undoubtedly dominated the Rome ePrix this weekend, Felix Rosenqvist suffered a race-ending blow to his Mahindra’s left rear suspension which not only lead to his retirement but a retirement from the lead of the race. Understandably sombre whilst making his way to the media pen after the race, he spoke to katyfairman.com about what went wrong and how he must now tackle his 2017/18 Formula E campaign having lost another win this season.
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Since his retirement from F1 at the end of last year, it has been no secret that Felipe Massa has had a keen interest into Formula E. He tested the Jaguar Formula E car in February last year and all but confirmed that he would be moving to the all-electric championship after his F1 career was over.
Making a guest appearance at the Rome ePrix this weekend, Massa spoke to katyfairman.com about the big rumour that he would be joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship from the 2018/19 season.
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Sebastian Buemi, FIA Formula E’s season two drivers’ champion, has ruled himself out of being a front runner for this drivers’ title despite currently being fourth in the championship halfway through the season. The Renault e.Dams driver is 57 points behind that of championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and after a DNF in the last round at Punta del Este, believes that he will remain an unlikely championship contender.
“To be honest, I am really far [behind] in the championship. I see myself more of an outsider fighting for wins from time to time. But of course if the world championship remains open that is amazing. But if not, I am not going to be sad. I am going to be pushing for one-off trying to do well and try to grab a win while I can.”
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