For the second year in a row Berlin, Germany will host the FIA Formula-E Championship Series. Round 8 of season 2 is set to take place this Saturday (4pm local time) along the Karl Marx Allee, a new location from the 2015 race which was held at the Tempelhof Airport. This year’s track boasts 1927m, 11 turns and 48 laps and is situated near the historic Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
The Venturi Formula- E Team is looking for Stéphane Sarrazin to place in the top 3 drivers standings at the end of season 2. Today Stéphane is in position 5 with 58 points, with position 4 at 6 points ahead and position 3 at 24points. A top result in this race is crucial for Stéphane to advance.
« It’s going to be much more difficult to succeed » said Stéphane. « As we won’t be racing in Moscow, we have less chances to score points. But being on the podium is still a reasonable target. I’ve been in the points since the first race. I have a good car, I can continue on the same pace. It’s a championship and consistency is key. » concluded the french driver who took 3rd place in Long Beach,California, USA.
Mike Conway has the same spirit. He can bring a significant contribution to improve the team ranking (Venturi GP is in position 6, just 6 points behind position 5). Mike has shown a great job in the previous race in Paris but he has been unlucky during the qualifying sessions as Nick Heidfeld collided with him and his chance to get the superpole group was destroyed. However, his efficient driving could really pay off in Germany.
The track in Berlin is difficult with a fast chicane and three phases of strong breaks and heavy accelerations which are going to be very demanding for the battery consumption and heat management. This track will require a subtle driving and a perfection of the engineers strategy. As always qualifying Saturday morning will be an important part of the work to get the best position on the track. Fighting at the forefront of the race will be less demanding for the battery management.