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Prost not taking team success for granted

Renault e.dams’ three championship titles have been the success story of Formula E so far in its short history, a fact that race driver Nico Prost never expected but refuses to get carried away by as he acknowledges the strength of the field.

The French squad has been the one to beat in the series’ first three seasons, with Prost notching up three victories and finishing third overall in season two while Sebastien Buemi took the driver’s crown in the same year.

Despite this, Prost admitted that the huge success garnered by the team was never in mind.

“I think nobody expected [this],” said the Frenchman. “I mean, everyone was quite motivated and thought there was obviously something good but I think everyone was quite cautious, looking to the future, we were really waiting for Season 1 to happen and how it went.

“But I think everything went beyond expectations. The racing’s been really good, the teams, everyone’s done a really good job. Nobody expected to be where we are now.”

Looking forward to Season 4, Prost believes the field will be tighter than ever and is taking the positives out of the strong pace already put in by the team.

“We’ve made some good improvements but everyone’s done so also, so we know it’s going to be tight. Last year was already very tight and we expect this year to be even tighter but so far, so good.

“In testing we’ve been competitive so at least we’ve done our work. We’re in the match to fight for the win but for sure we know it’s gonna be difficult.”

With Renault helping out the only customer team in Techeetah as a powertrain supplier, both teams have the same technology and very strong driver opposition in Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer.

However, Prost isn’t only looking at the Chinese team as potential rivals and believes everyone down the paddock has the potential to be successful.

“It was the same last year but we still beat them and obviously it’s a strong team with strong drivers and the team that was behind it before was already very good. But everyone is worrying in the championship – there’s not one team or one driver you couldn’t say is a potential race winner.”

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.