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Dillmann aiming for points in home race

NIO Formula E driver Tom Dillmann is coming back to the Paris E-Prix as a full-time driver, ready to battle for the points that have escaped him this season.

ABB Formula E arrives in the City of Light for the eight round of season five. This will be the fourth consecutive edition of the Paris E-Prix, a race that has had three different winners so far, and now waits to see whether Lucas di Grassi, the first winner, Sébastien Buemi, or reigning champion and last year’s winner Jean-Eric Vergne will be able to once again conquer the streets of the Parisian city.

A HOME RACE FOR DILLMANN

Two years ago, French driver Dillmann was beginning his journey in the all-electric racing series, debuting at his home race within the top ten with an eighth-place result.

We can risk saying that number eight is a number that brings luck to Dillmann. After all, he finished eighth in his debut, he’ll now contest the eighth round of the season, with eight also bring the French driver car number.

A FULL-TIME DRIVER

Season five is his first as a full-time driver in Formula E, a season that is presenting extreme competitiveness, having so far seven winners in seven different races.

The NIO Formula E Team driver has completed six out of seven races this season, but scoring points is a goal yet to be reached.

The Paris E-Prix could be the race where it happens, as the French driver knows his home track very well.

“It´s a very short track if you manage to do a great Quali lap you can manage to do an upgrade on the grid,” said the 30-year-old. “For sure we’ll have a chance. Quali is very important, it’s almost impossible to overtake here.”

Back in Rome E-Prix the struggle to find pace continued as both Dillmann and NIO teammate Oliver Turvey finished the race out of the points.

Nevertheless, the French driver seemed very confident in the work the whole team is doing.

“Everyday we keep pushing, we do the best we can. I’m sure there will be opportunities to take points in the remaining races, we’ll do everything to be there to catch those points if it is possible.

“As a driver, you need to push whatever the car can do, and making sure you extract everything there is.  I think I do that, so I’m keeping my head high. Of course it is not very enjoyable to fight at the back, but you have to keep pushing otherwise we’ll never see better days,” Dillmann concluded.

The Paris E-Prix will take place this Saturday at the street circuit that spans on 1,93 km (1.200 mi). Early this month, the city announced the extension of its contract with Formula E until 2022.

About Cecilia Demartini
Cecilia is a freelance Journalist passionate about motorsport and writing.
Her articles appeared on a variety of international media outlets.
Her knowledge goes from F1, F2, and F3 to other series such as MotoGP, IndyCar, Rally, WEC, and particularly Formula E.