Jerome d’Ambrosio was a surprise visitor to the podium in Zürich, having steered clear of trouble while five drivers ahead of him were handed drive through penalties, but despite the circumstances the Belgian was thrilled with his first podium since London in season two.
d’Ambrosio started the Zurich E-Prix in fourth place and initially struggled compared to those around him, dropping through the order and into the lower end of the top ten.
However, following penalties for a number of drivers, the Dragon Racing driver found himself on course for a podium and duly changed his approach to the race in order to preserve his best finish of the season.
“It was emotional, but a steady race,” said d’Ambrosio. “I did the best I could to bring it home and that was important. We still have some work to do in the race, especially on my side. In qualifying I’ve done a really good job in the last three races, and we’ve done a tremendous job since Berlin, but we need to better ourselves for New York.
“I knew [about the penalties] before they did the drive throughs, and I adapted my strategy. At that point I was too far from the guys in front and underdrove to save energy and make sure that whatever happened the last lap could be flat out.
“For sure, circumstances helped me up there but sometimes circumstances work against you, but part of Formula E is making no mistakes, it’s part of being good drivers and I managed to do no mistakes and was rewarded with a podium, so I’m happy about that.”
Question marks surround d’Ambrosio’s future with the team, but the Belgian insists that he wants to be on the grid in season five.