London ePrix: Loïc Duval’s race ends early with gearbox failure

FIA Formula E Championship 2015/16. Pre-season Testing Loic Duval (FRA), Dragon Racing – Venturi VM200-FE-01 Donington Park Racecourse, Derby, England. Tuesday 25 August 2015 Photo: Adam Warner / LAT / FE 

Loïc Duval was running well all weekend and set the fastest lap of the wet runners in qualifying group two, but retired from the ePrix with a gearbox failure.

‘It was a gearbox failure similar to what we had in Paris.  Not the one we had to change in Paris, but it was just a question of time before we had a problem with the other one.’

Not ideal for the Frenchman, who hasn’t finished a race since Long Beach.

‘All will be fine tomorrow, the only problem is because of [the gearbox] I will get a ten place penalty. That’s tough.’

Duval was announced alongside current teammate Jerome D’Ambrosio as continuing with the team, which will be rebranded as Faraday Future Dragon Racing. Duval isn’t concerned about his chances in the final round of the 2015/16 season.

‘The future is looking good. Again we were competitive the whole morning in dry conditions. In the wet conditions I was qualifying with Lucas and Seb and we managed to keep them behind. So let’s try our best tomorrow and think about our future with Faraday.’

The second and final round of the London ePrix begins tomorrow at 4pm.

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