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Preston: “Madcap” Hong Kong was Great for Series

Techeetah’s Mark Preston has lauded the opening Hong Kong weekend by saying the “madcap” races were a “great way” to begin the new season….

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Techeetah team principal Mark Preston has lauded the opening Formula E race weekend in Hong Kong by saying the “madcap” nature of the races was a “great way” to begin the new season.

Techeetah had a stronger weekend than anticipated as Jean-Eric Vergne took the first pole position of the season, and led the initial phase of race one before taking second place.

This was despite a range of issues which compromised Vergne’s pace throughout the Saturday race. He then followed that up with fourth place in Sunday’s event.

Preston felt that in addition to the strong start for the Chinese team, the series as a whole benefitted from the multitude of incidents and action at the Hong Kong opener.

“It is a great way to kick-start a season, isn’t it?” Preston told e-racing365.

“To have so many different names and faces at the front battling away is impressive. Of course, we want to win every race and dominate, we all want that in a way. But for the health of the series this is very positive.”

“You have seen this weekend that Audi who were pre-season favorites have come away with little and even Renault had a tough weekend.”

Preston admitted that pole position on Saturday even surprised his team, having anticipated a challenging start to the season after its customer status ensured just three days of pre-season testing.

“Before we got to Hong Kong we were sure it was going to be a tough top ten out there and that getting to the head of that group would be really hard,” said Preston.

“We got everything right in our qualifying group on the Saturday and others got things wrong and made some errors. This happened a lot to us last year. It is a fine line sometimes and when you get it right it feels good and you take it.”

Preston also stated that Vergne’s pole was another landmark for the team which he formed from the ashes of the Aguri team which ceased racing at the end of the second Formula E season in 2016.

“Getting our first pole felt good. It is another milestone for this team that is ticked off,” he said.

“We’ve won, we’ve got a pole, we’ve proved we can challenge at the front.

“All this sits us in good stead for the season now, but we won’t become complacent. You do that at your own peril in this championship and we still have masses of work to do.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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