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Unlucky Filippi Vows to Be “More Aggressive”

Luca Filippi says he has to be more aggressive in the heat of battle during races…

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship rookie Luca Filippi has admitted that he needs to be more aggressive as he continues his learning process in the all-electric series.

The NIO Formula E Team driver has been forced to retire, or had his race severely compromised, in three of the four races held so far this season.

These have come through collisions, or, in the case of the last race in Santiago, an off-track excursion.

So far, Filippi has registered one point from four races after a tenth-place finish in the opening E-Prix at Hong Kong.

“I know I probably have to be more aggressive as I have twice gone out through other people in contacts, so I know I have to be more on top of it,” Filippi told e-racing365.

The Italian endured a fraught last race in Santiago after starting from the pitlane.

This was the result of a changed strategy due to a mistake he made during the qualifying session which consigned him to the back row of the grid.

Filippi caught the rear of the field after the safety car aided his cause, but was unable to make any significant progress due to the tight confines of the Santiago track.

“It was difficult,” he said. “The first lap stint I was faster than the guys in front but I couldn’t overtake and in the second stint when I tried to get [Tom] Blomqvist I locked the front and overshot the corner and had to reverse and lost a lot of time.”

Filippi explained that bad luck was partly to blame for his difficult start to his first full racing program since 2011.

“I have to say that two out the three races (Hong Kong Race 1 and Marrakesh) it has happened the exact same thing on the same part of the car,” he explained.

“It has happened after contact but it was quite unlucky because the steering arm on these cars is quite weak.

“The contact was small on both occasions but if it gets slightly bent it gets worse and breaks. This has happened to me twice and lots of other guys have it happen too.”

NIO team principal Gerry Hughes believes that results from Italian will come sooner rather than later.

“Formula E is street racing at its rawest and whoever you are, whether you are a driver who has done every race or a rookie like Luca, you have to have a clean opening lap or opening segment of the race,” he told e-racing365.

“Luca’s racecraft is great and he will get himself in to good opportunities and positions, so we have no doubt that results will come from him in coming races.”

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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