Speaking exclusively to Formula Future at the 2014 British Grand Prix, the inseparable ex-Torro Rosso duo discuss their first driving impressions and testing progress.
This week’s test was Formula E’s first competitive timed event. What do you think about your respective teams’ performances?
Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing):
This type of racing is very new for us, because it’s something we have never experienced before. The car is still very new, and there are so many things to play with such as the regenerative braking and the battery… There is still a lot to learn.
How does it drive compared to what you’ve driven in the past?
It’s nothing too different from what we’ve driven before. It’s not a Formula One car, obviously, and it’s unfair to compare it with any other racing series because it’s a totally new concept that has only just been born.
Do you think the competition will be exciting?
We’ll see how the racing pans out. Let’s not forget that we’ll be racing in street circuits and not in places like Donington, the testing circuit. It should be interesting.
Sébastien, you were quickest on the first day of testing. Is that significant?
Sébastien Buemi (e.dams Renault):
It’s just testing. It’s very important to try to understand as much as possible about the car during the few test days we have before the first race. After testing, we’ll just go from circuit to circuit and we won’t have time to understand much more about the car, as the race weekends are one-day events. Collecting data and understanding the car is the main purpose of the testing days.
Were you as reliable as you had hoped to be?
In general, we did a pretty good job. Okay, the reliability wasn’t perfect… But it was quite good for a first test!
What did you think about the driving experience?
Like Jaime said, it’s not really different to a normal car – it behaves more or less like one. There are a lot of new features that we still need to learn about – the recharging of the batteries under braking, using the battery as well as possible, different power maps… There are a lot of different things that we need to master. It was an interesting test – we’ll see next week how the second one goes.
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