Bruno Senna was showing some early pace around the bumpy Paris ePrix street circuit, finishing in the top ten in both practise sessions. However qualifying saw him drop down to 13th around a circuit that many predicated would prove difficult to affect a pass.
“We got on the back foot. In qualifying we did a small mistake with our setup and we paid for it. We knew that in the race we had a good car and good pace because in practice we were very strong and we got a few positions on the first few laps.
“I managed to overtake on the track, which not many guys did today, which was good fun.”
A clever strategy from the team meant that Senna had more energy than those around him in the final stage of the race, but any chance to utilise it was quashed when Ma reportedly ignored blue flag warnings and subsequently brought out the safety car after crashing with seven laps to go.
“Ultimately after the pit stop we had a nice strategy going on, much more energy than Da Costa who was in front of me, but we got stuck behind Ma and he didn’t let me go, and he was a lap down. That put me seven seconds down the road. After that, it’s difficult and then the Safety Car in the end finished the idea of fighting for top seven or top six.”
The Brazilian driver was impressed by the circuit, which wound itself around the impressive Hôtel des Invalides, however he thinks a few changes would be beneficial for the future.
“It’s a fantastic [circuit] to drive but not the best track to race. I think it’s possible to race here next year again if they make the race longer. Then you have to save more energy, people can do different strategies. But today everybody was running a bit too fast to be able to try and overtake.”
The Berlin ePrix takes place on Saturday 21st May.