This weekend, the Formula E Championship is going to contest its third race meeting in the 2016/2017 season and the first in 2017. Quite a while after the first two rounds held in autumn 2016, the innovative race series for electric single-seaters now will make its next stop: in Argentina’s capitol Buenos Aires. In the race at the 2.48-kilometre street circuit, the Venturi GP Formula E Team colours will be represented by Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin and Germany’s Maro Engel.
“In the past two years we proved to be really competitive in Buenos Aires,” said Gildo Pallanca Pastor, the owner of the Venturi GP Formula E Team. “In 2016 Stephane set the fastest qualifying lap and finished fourth in the race. It goes without saying that that we would love to repeat this performance, this year.” The foundation for a good performance in this year’s E Prix at Buenos Aires was laid in the technical area during the 13-week break. We worked on enhancing many small details of our Formula E racer,” revealed Franck Baldet, the team’s Technical Director. “To get into the Top 10 with both cars is our first goal for the weekend.”
As Engel is going to make his Argentina debut, Sarrazin has got an experience advantage at Buenos Aires’ street circuit. “I am really delighted that it’s back to racing, after the long break,” said the Frenchman. Last year, our car was really fast at the challenging street circuit along the Río de la Plata. Therefore, I think that that I should be able to again battle it out for a good result, this weekend. Furthermore, I really look forward to travelling to Argentina as I’m a big fan of the country. After all, they have got the best meat in the world.” His team-mate, Engel, also travels to Argentina with pleasant anticipation – and not only because of the culinary delights. “I hope Stephane will have some hints for me when it comes to where to get the best steak,” the 31-year old says grinning. “At the same time, I heard a lot about the track and just can’t wait for going out there myself. I am convinced that the fans will be provided fantastic motor racing and they can be sure that I will give my very best.”
The fans in Formula E have got a special significance as they can provide their favourite drivers a dose of extra power via the so-called FanBoost. Posting at Twitter with the Hashtag #FanBoost and the respective driver’s name – in the case of Venturi GP #MaroEngel and #StephaneSarrazin – are automatically counted and analysed. And in the second half of the racer, the driver supported by the biggest number of postings will be provided with 30 extra kilowatts for 30 seconds.
The Formula E race will be covered live by Eurosport. The coverage on Saturday, 18th February, will begin at 19:45hrs CET (18:45hrs BT) at the German prime time. And after the race, Venturi GP Formula E will bring a 10-minute race-weekend round-up in the World Wide Web.