The Berlin E-Prix 2018 marks the fourth time Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt will take on the challenging streets of his capital city. In this interview he talks about the unique experience that is electric racing, what makes the Berlin E-Prix so emotional for him and which races he misses on the calendar.
On the sporting side of things, it’s the close and spectacular racing that we experience over and over again. Even on the last lap you can never be sure that you will actually cross the line in the position you are currently in. Formula E is insanely demanding, because you cannot just concentrate on driving, but you need to be your own energy manager as well. And off track, it is the fantastic locations. I have to be honest with you: New York, Mexico City and Paris are something very different to Oschersleben and Hockenheim.
When the pure driving is concerned, there aren’t that many differences to driving other racing cars, actually – apart from the fact that we don’t have tools such as traction control. The big challenge is energy management. In each car, I only have a limited amount of energy that I have to smartly divide to manage the balancing act between attacking and conserving energy. For example: I’d like to attack and overtake someone, which means I lose more energy and then I have to go into save-mode – which gives my competitors on track a chance to pass me. So you need to look at your race from a strategic side of things and also keep a cool head at all times.
The competition will be bigger – that’s something we can already see this season. And I am very happy about that, because Formula E’s significance continues to grow thanks to all this. Also, it’s great that the manufacturers can do a lot more in terms of marketing compared to smaller teams. It’s fantastic that you can see more and more adverts and TV spots of Formula E nowadays.
Obviously, winning the Berlin E-Prix would be the highlight of my Formula E career so far. The party on the podium in Mexico was already absolutely amazing, but celebrating with my fans at home would be an outstanding experience. I secured the second place two years ago and that has already been extremely emotional for me.
That’s an easy one: Los Angeles and Miami have to make a comeback! We had some really awesome races there in the past with a lot of crazy fans.