Paris E-Prix Tech Forecast: The need for qualifying speed!
Posted on: 23 April, 2019
The electric gladiators brought the battle to Europe for the seventh round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship where Jerome D’Ambrosio regained the lead in the Drivers’ Championship and Mahindra Racing are still fighting at the top in the Teams’ Championship. With the eighth round of season five just around the corner, it’s time to get the thoughts of Mahindra Racing’s Technical Director, Lewis Butler, on what to love or loathe at the Paris E-Prix.
A need for qualifying speed
The Paris E-Prix is a good challenge for our strategists due to the difficulty of making up positions during the race as overtaking is tricky so, arguably, it means qualifying is even more important than it would ordinarily be. The track is unique in terms of its historical setting which really is stunning as there are views at every turn, including one particular part of the circuit where you are watching the cars racing with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Just like the previous race, this street circuit has some cobbles, and one of the biggest challenges is the need to resurface these for the race weekend. Then of course, we can’t forget about the very odd ‘out and back’ pitlane arrangement with a hairpin in the middle of it!
We had a poor race last season at the Paris race, with both drivers struggling throughout the day. In previous seasons we had performed well there and that was typically with some disruption working in our favour. This year, we hope to get back onto the front foot with pure performance early on, and therefore carrying confidence into the rest of the day when the lights go out.
Preparation, preparation, preparation
Preparation tasks for the Paris E-Prix broadly remain the same as it did when we were racing with the Gen1 car; having the new M5Electro (Gen2) hasn’t fundamentally altered our homework from race to race. The team is focused on delivering a strong performance across the season and at this track it remains the same. The major difference comes in the revised qualifying format and, as we’ve seen in a couple of races this year, that can dictate an element of chance regardless of how well we prepare. That’s all part of the attraction for the Formula E fans!
Set in the heart of the city, the team head to the Paris E-Prix for the fourth consecutive year which takes place on Saturday 27 April 2019.
"The major difference comes in the revised qualifying format, that can dictate an element of chance regardless of how well we prepare."
~ Lewis Butler, Technical Director, Mahindra Racing