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Disappointment for Venturi in Beijing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a tough day for the Monegasque team, the Venturi team still managed to score points, with tenth place for Stephane Sarrazin and 12th place for Jacques Villeneuve, until later a penalty moved Sarrazin up to ninth, picking the team up their first two points of the season.

Frenchman Sarrazin started in sixth place after a good qualifying session and struggled in the race slumping back down to ninth, he thinks the team could have finished a potential fifth or sixth, but issues in the pits and, in general, prevented that. But he added that the team had good pace and that they know how efficient their power unit is.

“We’ve lost a good opportunity to score points. We could have finished in positions four and six but had an issue with the guys in the pit with a paddle to regenerate. We kept a good pace but in the end, we had too many issues. The good news is that we know the car is efficient and we had a great qualifying session – the race just hasn’t been at the same level.”

Former Formula 1 world champion Villeneuve started twelfth after a fairly good qualifying and failed to reach the chequered flag due to Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix Da Costa crashing into him, with the Portuguese driver apologising to Villeneuve after the incident.

The Canadian said it was a tough day for him and the team as they had trouble with preparing the car and during the race the dashboard consumption was wrong, causing him to slow down due to having to regenerate. He went on to add that it’s a good experience to learn from, for next time out at Putrajaya, Malaysia.

“Today was difficult – we had a lot of trouble in preparation with the car and during the race the dashboard consumption was wrong, causing me to have to slow down a lot at some point to regenerate, and I fell back many positions. It’s good experience to learn from for the next race.”

Jordan Peacock |
Photo: FIA Formula E Media