Buenos Aires ePrix: MS Amlin Andretti ‘itching to get racing again’

This weekend’s Buenos Aires Formula E race marks the return of the series after a three-month absence.

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Antonio Felix Da Costa at the Hong Kong ePrix Credit: Formula E

Team Principal Roger Griffiths is confident the first race of 2017 will mark a return to form after the Marrakech ePrix yielded no points for the American outfit.

“We are certainly looking forward to going back to Argentina, we have been able to make the car work pretty well there in the past. I think everyone is itching to get racing again after so long,” said Griffiths

“Going to Argentina is much more what we are used to after Marrakesh. Buenos Aires is actually the fastest track on the calendar in terms of maximum speed.”

The ePrix will see da Costa return to the scene of his maiden win in the series.

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FIA Formula E Hong Kong e-Prix. Qualifying Session. Antonio Felix da Costa  Photo: Adam Warner / FE / LAT

Da Costa won the first ever ePrix in Argentina in 2015, and last year was running in second place before he retired halfway through the race.

“Buenos Aires has always been a really good venue for me,” said da Costa.

“The track layout could really suit our powertrain, the opposite of the track in Marrakesh. If we reach our potential, we can look forward to some good points with both cars here.”

For team-mate Robin Frijns this will be his second visit to Buenos Aires, where last year he finished in eighth place.

“As a team, I think we will be very strong this weekend,” said Frijns.

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Robin Frijns at the Hong Kong ePrix Credit: Formula E

“The track has one of, if not the longest, straights of all the tracks on the Formula E calendar. This allows us to build up a lot of speed but also makes it very important to manage our battery levels so we have power on the straight.

“Temperature will be a limitation so we will have to see how the race will develop.”

The 2017 Buenos Aires ePrix starts at 19:00 on Saturday 18th February.

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