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Lotterer happy with points despite lost win

Andre Lotterer is pleased to have scored a good haul of points with pole position and second place in the Rome E-Prix, elevating him up to third in the standings, but conceded that race winner Mitch Evans was quicker.

Lotterer led the first portion of the race, holding off the advances of the Kiwi behind him, but eventually had to concede at the chicane as the Panasonic Jaguar Racing made what turned out to be the race-winning overtake.

The German was pensive at the thought of losing yet another potential victory this season, but accepted that it was still a good day and plenty of points towards the championship and highlighted the tyre pressures as part of the reason why the win slipped away.

“It’s hard after Hong Kong and here again. I worked so hard to get this win but I have to be happy about the points and the pole position,” said the 37-year-old. “I need to look at what happened, I think the tyre pressures were a bit high somehow and I struggled from mid-race when it started to dry. Mitch [Evans] didn’t have that problem, I couldn’t hold him.

“I was trying to stay cool, maybe I could get him later. I think my car was better, but with the tyres we were struggling more than him so he had the edge, he was a bit quicker and congrats to him.”

With the front-running pace already shown by Lotterer, he feels as though there’s not much more he can do to achieve that maiden victory and has his sights set firmly on realising that ambition.

“I just need that bit of everything. Nothing is stopping me, we have the speed and everything, so hopefully it happens soon.

“In Formula E, seven races and seven winners, you have to work hard and keep going. Anyone can win, so it would be stupid to target anything less, so we’re going for it.”

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