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Formula E a Future Option for Paffett

Gary Paffett is interested in a future Formula E drive should he enjoy his test at Marrakesh this weekend….

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Gary Paffett would be interested in a full-time Formula E drive in the future should he enjoy his test in Marrakesh this weekend.

The DTM champion will drive for the Venturi team this Sunday after being asked by the team’s recently-announced technical partner HWA to attend the official rookie test session.

“If I really enjoy the series and if the test goes well then it is certainly something I would look to be doing in the future,” Paffett told e-racing365.

“Obviously it is no secret that Mercedes is stopping in the DTM at the end of the 2018 season, so for myself I am looking at options on what to do going forwards. Formula E is one of those options so it is the perfect opportunity for me to test the car and see if I like it, and to see if it is something I could do for next year.”

Paffett has wanted to try Formula E machinery for some time, and is aware of the momentum with which the championship is gaining at present.

“The HWA and Venturi partnership made it possible for me to go and do the test,” he explained.

“I’ve wanted to do a test or at least drive a car for a while just to see what it is like. There is massive hype around the series. It’s a great series and the interest seems to be building with a great group of drivers in there at the moment.”

Sim Experience “Valuable”

Paffett spent a day last week in Monaco having a seat fitting and learning the Marrakesh track in Venturi’s in-house simulator.

Additionally, Paffett has already consulted Venturi drivers Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara on the intricacies of driving a Formula E car.

“I have spoken to the drivers and it is not so much that the cars seem hard to drive but more that there is a lot to do,” he said.

“With the energy recovery systems and how you have to deal with that as a driver, and the braking to maximise the energy you have it changes the balance and the braking quite a lot.”

“All the settings on the steering wheel is very different [to Formula 1] which has a lot of buttons and switches but you are used to what they do whereas all the buttons you have on a Formula E car do different things and there is a lot more to think about.

“Even from what I thought it would be like before I did the simulator, it was quite different but valuable.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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