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Closed Circuit: Faraday Future Dragon Racing in Paris

There was a familiar face back in the cockpit as Mike Conway deputised for Loic Duval in Paris, who was honouring his commitments in DTM. After positive performances and improvements shown, Faraday Future Dragon Racing leaves the French capital with mixed feelings as the team was not able to score points in Paris. The aims are now set for the upcoming race in Berlin.

THE TEAM

As soon as red lights went out, both Conway and Jerome d’Ambrosio moved up to the point scoring positions. Luck was not on d’Ambrosio’s side, who could not enter the top ten after pitting. Conway, on the other hand, led the race for four laps before pitting and dropping to the bottom of the standings.

Belgian racer d’Ambrosio had to retire from the race, whilst Conway saw the chequered flag from the 14th position on the grid. The American squad now goes to the Tempelhof Airport aiming to achieve better results, at a track that saw d’Ambrosio and Dragon Racing achieve their first win back in 2015.

Team mate comparison: qualifying
  • Loic Duval
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio
  • Mike Conway

Team mate comparison: race
  • Loic Duval
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio
  • Mike Conway

Championship standings
  • Faraday Future Dragon Racing

MIKE CONWAY

Conway’s work during the free practice sessions and qualifying was rather impressive. The Brit had qualified the car in P11 and was quickly fighting for a top ten position as soon as race started.

He did not pit during the Full Course Yellow period after the incident between Lucas di Grassi and Antonio Felix da Costa, as most drivers did, which meant he was able to lead the race for four laps. However, when he left the pits after his car swap he was not able to make it to the top ten and dropped in the standings, finishing the race in P14.

Conway: lap chart
  • Mike Conway

Best time in FP1: 1:03.248s (P7)

Best time in FP2: 1:02.525s (P16)

Best time in qualifying: 1:02.808s (P11)

Best time in the race: 1:03.146s (Lap 44)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 71.121s (+1.121s)

The whole day was going really well before the second and third full-course caution periods of the race. Staying out on track later than the rest of the teams gave us track position, but ultimately the strategy didn’t go as planned. I appreciate everything the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team offered me this weekend in Paris.”

Championship standings
  • Mike Conway

JEROME D'AMBROSIO

After qualifying in P13, the Belgian immediately escalated to P10 in the standings. He swapped cars just after the incident between di Grassi and da Costa, during the Full Course Yellow period.

He was not able to re-join the top ten again, exiting the pits one lap behind the leader. Yet, d’Ambrosio kept pushing to come back to the point scoring places as soon as he could. However, he had to take the cars back to the pits during another FCY period, this time retiring from the race.

d'Ambrosio: lap chart
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio

Best time in FP1: 1:03.775s (P15)

Best time in FP2: 1:02.492s (P15)

Best time in qualifying: 1:02.814s (P13)

Best time in the race: 1:02.666s (Lap 33)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 72.325s (+72.325s)

We had a great car this weekend but circumstances didn’t sway our way. Working with our technical partner, Faraday Future, has allowed us to resolve a number of technical problems that have caused issues for the team throughout the season. We will continue to work ahead of the reliability issues and push forward for the rest of the season.”

Championship standings
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio

Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda/ e-racing.net

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