Closed Circuit: Venturi in Buenos Aires
Focus | ePrix
- Sarrazin fought hard but was not rewarded for his efforts
- Engel endured a disappointing day and retired from the race
Monegasque team Venturi struggled to find pace in the third round of the championship. With Maro Engel suffering problems on his car and Stephane Sarrazin not being able to score points, the squad now goes to Mexico City aiming to achieve stronger results for both of their very capable drivers.
The Buenos Aires ePrix was not a kind one for the Monaco-based team. Problems affected German driver Engel’s car, which led to a retirement from the race.
Teammate Sarrazin showed strong pace but could not make it to the top ten as he got overtaken by a number of cars, crossing the finish line in P12.
Team mate comparison: qualifying
- Stephane Sarrazin
- Maro Engel
Team mate comparison: race
- Stephane Sarrazin
- Maro Engel
“Altogether, this was a weekend where we failed to make use of our pace to score. Now the entire team has to work even harder to detect and solve the problems in the six weeks before Mexico where we want to make it to the top 10 with both our cars.”
Gildo Pallanca Pastor, Team Owner
Starting the race in P11 was not representative of Sarrazin’s qualifying potential, having made it to Super Pole the previous year. However, the Frenchman was confident he could move up to to top ten in the course of the race.
He did get in the top ten in various occasions during the race, but finally finished outside of the point scoring positions. He now goes to Mexico aiming to get a good result as last year, as he finished ninth at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.
Best time in FP1: 1:11.435s (P15)
Best time in FP2: 1:10.140s (P14)
Best time in qualifying: 1:10.100s (P11)
Best time in the race: 1:11.560s (Lap 32)
Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 55.923s (+0.923s)
“A street circuit always offers you the opportunity to secure a good result if your pace and your strategy are fine. A better result would have been possible, but the fights were really, really hard and it was a consistent up and down. In the end I couldn’t make it to the top ten.”
After starting the race last on the grid, Engel was able to fight for 16th position with Abt and López. However, he lost power on his pitstop and was forced to retire from the race.
The German, who currently has two points in the championship, aims to get a better result in Mexican soil next month as Formula E visits Mexico City for the second time on 1 April.
Best time in FP1: 1:12.362s (P20)
Best time in FP2: 1:09.596s (P10)
Best time in qualifying: 1:44.239s (P20)
Best time in the race: 1:10.178s (Lap 17)
Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 373.727s (+318.727s)
“That’s a real pity as starting here into the race from the back end if the grid will be tough – and even more so as I will be surrounded by several fast drivers who also would have secured better grid positions, without their accidents. But if your basic pace is fine achieving a good result at a street circuit always is possible.”
Andrea Perilli | e-racing.net
Images courtesy of Venturi