Welcome to my season six column for evo India! The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship got underway last month in Saudi Arabia at the Diriyah E-Prix and it was a weekend of mixed emotions for me. The double-header weekend was my best qualifying result with Mahindra Racing, as I qualified in Super Pole for both races. I scored points in the opening race, but unfortunately a technical issue meant I couldn’t make the start of the second race. Looking ahead to the Santiago E-Prix, the goal is to make it a Super Pole hat-trick and start at the front again. I’ve worked hard over the summer and since the last race in December and the car felt really good in Saudi Arabia so hopefully we can fight at the front again.
I’ve had a good break over the festive period and now I’m ready to get back behind the wheel and go racing. Air and track temperatures were the hottest on record in Santiago in 2019 and, for Formula E, that meant tyres were a big problem; we had a lot of degradation. Rounds one and two were very much focused on energy management and we had our first energy reduction race, but I think there’s a high chance that this race weekend in Chile will be the same scorching heat which means it will become a temperature management race instead and the focus will be on avoiding the tyres and battery overheating. There are obviously tools that we have used to learn from season five and we can use again to help manage things better for the third round.
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