The Argentine capital Buenos Aires is hosting the fourth round of the 2015/16 season of the FIA Formula-E championship this weekend. The circuit is located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood. The race will start at 4 pm local time and the electric single seaters will race for 35 laps on a 2.49km track with 12 turns.
« This race promises to be exciting and a real challenge says Franck Baldet, Venturi Formula E Team team principal The streets are wide, so there’s the temptation to go fast. But, we’re in the southern hemisphere and it is summer so the temperature will be between 28 and 32°C and the batteries could suffer from the heat. Driving in the Formula-E championship is a real game of chess because there are a lot of elements that intersect. »
This race marks a special occasion for the Venturi team with a new duo of drivers. Stéphane Sarrazin and his British teammate Mike Conway will race together for the first time in the Formula-E series, although they are also teammates in WEC for Toyota. Mike joined the Venturi Formula-E team for the remainder of the 2015/2016 season. Driving an electric single seater is not something totally new for him.
Conway has had a chance to drive Formulae cars extensively in a testing environment a few months ago and did a great job on the simulator last week. However, Conway has an affinity for street circuits and plenty of experience racing so he is looking forward to this weekend in Argentina. Mike Said: « the track looks fun but this weekend i have to be patient, not to be excited, i have to learn and to adapt as fast as possible to this way to drive and to manage energy. »
About Mike, Franck Baldet said: « Mike is very attentive and listens intently. He did a great job in the simulator and has done a great job of understanding the cars energy consumption and battery management.