Daniel Abt: Safety Car “completely ruined plan” at Paris ePrix

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2015 Formula E Buenos Aires e-Prix, Argentina Saturday 6 February 2016. Daniel Abt (GER), ABT Audi Sport FE01 Photo: Sam Bloxham/FIA Formula E/LAT ref: Digital Image _SBL0532

The young German driver left Long Beach on a high (though he did miss his flight) but struggled to recreate the performance in the City of Light.

Similarly to Bruno Senna, he appeared to have good pace during the two morning practise sessions in Paris, but come qualifying he found himself out of position and down in 14th. His teammate, Lucas Di Grassi, started on the front row and won the race.

“[My race] was more or less alright, still not great. My plan was to save a bit more energy in the beginning and give myself an advantage in the end, but when the safety car came it completely ruined that plan,” Abt said. Would he have been able to utilise that advantage in the closing stages had the race been restarted after the safety car?

“You never know, you still have to make the move stick. I was quite close to Bruno. I think Antonio as well had a lot less energy, but you never know if you have the chance to pass.”

Up next is Abt’s home ePrix, taking place near iconic Alexanderplatz in Berlin. The inaugural Paris was a sell-out, which also took place in the heart of the city.  However Formula E has tough competition that weekend as it goes head-to-head with DTM. So why should people who have never heard of Formula E come along and give it a go?

“Well I think you just have to look at what we’ve seen so far in Formula E. It’s a fantastic event at fantastic locations.

“We’ve had one race where I think it wasn’t worth showing up but I think Berlin is going to be a spectacular race and a good racetrack. I’m not sure about the weather, it might rain but it’s going to be good.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a great event and hopefully lots of fans will show up and support us.“

The Berlin ePrix takes place on Saturday 21st May

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