Antonio Giovinazzi and Joel Eriksson completed a successful first test of the all-electric DS Virgin Racing Formula E car today during the inaugural Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh.
Held at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. For the occasion marked the first time Giovinazzi, 24 and Eriksson, 19, had sampled the DSV-03. All completing a combined total of 103 laps around the 2.97km temporary street circuit.
So the race was spilt into two three-hour sessions. All so the morning stint saw the pair finish in the top five. That was before rain limited the race. I mean running heading into the interval.
Conditions therefore improved for the afternoon. All with times tumbling to see Giovinazzi end the day seventh overall (1:20.876s). Finally and Eriksson just behind in ninth (1:20.971s). Then both a few tenths off qualifying pace most Importantly from Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix.
Speaking after the test Giovinazzi said: “Today has been really fun. The car is very different to anything I’ve driven in the past with less downforce and more focus on the braking, but it was an enjoyable day.”
In conclusion Eriksson said: “It’s a fun car to drive but for sure very different to what I’m used to with the instant torque and different sound. It’s been a good day learning with the team and getting experience of Formula E.”
Finally, the next rounds of the 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship take place on February 3 at the inaugural Santiago E-Prix. For more information on the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, visit: http://map.ds-virginracing.com/
ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Rookie Test (Combined Times):
- Nico Muller, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 1:19.651s
- Pietro Fittipaldi, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +0.946s
- Maximilian Gunther, DRAGON, +1.006s
- Paul di Resta, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +1.123s
- James Rossiter, TECHEETAH, +1.143s
- Daniel Juncadella, Mahindra Racing, +1.223s
- Antonio Giovinazzi, DS Virgin Racing, +1.225s
- Andrea Caldarelli, DRAGON, +1.313s
- Joel Eriksson, DS Virgin Racing, +1.320s
- Nyck de Vries, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, +1.457s
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Source: FIA Formula E Championship, 14/01/2018
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