Former Dragon Racing engineer Fabrice Roussel will engineer Andre Lotterer in his first season in the FIA Formula E Championship at Techeetah, it has been confirmed.
Roussel, who engineered Loic Duval throughout Season Three, spent part of the Valencia test with Lotterer before heading to the Motul Petit Le Mans round at Road Atlanta, where he served as part of the engineering team for Rebellion Racing.
The Frenchman also serves as engineer for Vaillante Rebellion’s FIA World Endurance Championship entry driven by Bruno Senna, Nico Prost and Julien Canal.
Roussel left Dragon in complex circumstances in March. It came shortly after the Buenos Aires E-Prix when a disagreement erupted within the team after Duval and teammate Jerome d’Ambrosio clashed late in the race.
“I would say Andre is one of the best professional drivers around. He has proven that many times as we know at Le Mans and even in other things like Super Formula,” Roussel told e-racing365.
“It is going to be super tricky for sure with little track testing but he is one of the smartest guys around. I could sense this at Valencia where we were explaining how the systems work and he gets it straight away.
“These cars do not like to be pushed too much and there are small specifics that have to be understood in Formula E, but Andre is picking everything up super well and I have no doubt he will get some good results once we get properly up and running in the season.”
Techeetah has long had a French engineering strand running through it. This largely came from staff that were kept on after the buyout of Aguri’s slot last summer.
The engineering cell largely comes under the control of the team’s racing director Leo Thomas, who is a former Peugeot Sport LMP1 engineer that went on to establish the popular RS Simulation center in Monaco.
He and several others entered Formula E after fellow RS founder Marc Faggionato bought into the Aguri operation in 2015.
Jean-Eric Vergne also works with a French engineer in former Graff Racing engineer Pascal Tortosa.
Lotterer told e-racing365 at the Valencia test he settled in well to the team but still needs time to hone the braking techniques.
“I learnt a lot at the test and obviously it is completely different but there is a lot I still need to feel comfortable with,” he said.
“The unpredictability around the brakes is quite a tricky thing to master and I am still playing catch-up here a little.
“Every car requires its own specific style to extract the best out of it. Everything has a special style and this even more but in a way you just make the best of what you have in front of you.”