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Dillmann relaxed ahead of busy weekend

Venturi driver Tom Dillmann is more relaxed heading into the double-header Berlin ePrix than his debut outing in Paris, having now got Formula E experience under his belt.

The Frenchman substituted for Maro Engel at his home ePrix, who was honouring his commitments to DTM at the Lausitzring, and brought the team four points with a strong eighth place finish.

Having learned about the series first hand in the French capital, Dillmann feels more confident in Berlin and is aiming to score points again.

“I’m a lot more relaxed going into this weekend, because I had everything to learn in Paris having not done a 200kW lap or a full race distance,” said the Venturi driver.

“The team prepared me really well, but still if you don’t do it live you don’t really know what to expect. With a race under my belt I’m a lot more relaxed and I can focus on pushing now.

“For sure, the goal is to be in the points as a minimum. Let’s see where we are on the energy management as that will be key. To qualify well is important, but track position was more important in Paris than it is here.”

With 44 laps planned for Saturday’s race and 46 for Sunday, Dillmann believes the differing number of laps will mean that the drivers will have to do a lot of energy management, but sees overtaking to be potentially easier than some other circuits.

“It changes the pace a lot. You can get lucky with safety cars and there are a lot of variables, but it’s a circuit where track position is not important. You can overtake everywhere on the track, nearly every corner, it’s so wide under braking so there will be a lot of overtaking.

“The tarmac is a bit different and we can be quite aggressive on tyres. Some parts are quite technical with a lot of braking and energy management, especially in the race on Sunday as it’s quite long and really hot as well, so there is a lot of management to do.”

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