Paris ePrix: Simona de Silvestro on ‘frustrating’ race

Simona de Silvestro Mexico
2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Mexico City ePrix, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico. Saturday 12 March 2016. Simona De Silvestro (SUI), Andretti – Spark SRT_01E. Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _79P2932

After scoring her first points in Formula E in Long Beach, Simona de Silvestro was hoping for a lot more from the inaugural Paris ePrix.

Both Andretti drivers admitted in California that they needed to improve their qualifying performance to maximise their results in the race.

De Silvestro qualified down in 12th, but felt she would have started in the top 8 had she not made a small mistake.

She then sustained some light damage after a poor start.

“We had a crappy start, so that didn’t help and it put us behind and then we were stuck behind the slower car [Ma] and couldn’t get by because he was using a bit more energy.

“It’s frustrating because if we had stayed where we were I think we could have finished in the top 10. It just shows that the level is really high, things really have to come together to get the results.

The track itself won high praise from the Swiss driver.

“It was interesting, I liked it. It’s bumpy and stuff like that but I think for a first time it was really cool. The venue was great and it would be awesome to come back.”

Teammate Robin Frijns also suffered a bad start, but finished in the points after some close racing with Antonio Felix da Costa.

“The start was really bad. I lost three places I think. I was bunched up in the middle between two cars. I tried to make my way back and took over two cars in my first stint. Then just before my pit stop took one more. We lost that position in the pit lane, so I think we need to look at that.

“I was struggling a lot with the second car. It just didn’t have the pace and I had issues with braking especially. I don’t know what the issue is but we will check some data and see what happens for the next race. We scored points and that’s the most important thing.”

The Berlin ePrix is up next on Saturday 21st May.

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