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Dillmann: Formula E “Toughest Championship” to Jump Into

Tom Dillmann discusses his Formula E return; New York appearance on the cards…

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Tom Dillmann believes the rapid evolution of ABB FIA Formula E Championship technology makes it the toughest series to jump into for a single race, ahead of his return at this weekend’s Berlin E-Prix.

The Frenchman is back in the series for his first appearance of the 2017-18 season, replacing Edoardo Mortara who is tied with the DTM round at Lausitzring.

Dillmann told e-racing365 that he will need to take more risks at the Berlin round having initially found his feet in the championship during a half-campaign with Venturi in Season Three.

“It’s always important to perform, but here in Formula E it’s not so easy to jump in and out because the car is so particular,” said Dillmann.

“It always evolves, especially in terms of software. There are a lot of things I need to get up to speed with. For sure it’s the toughest championship to jump into and be fast.

“Last season I arrived in Paris and had to learn everything as quickly as possible. In my first-ever qualifying, I was fifteenth and in my last I was seventh, so I was improving all the time, but not taking crazy risks.

“I want to take more risks this weekend because last year I was really building myself up gradually. I think I have more knowledge of the championship, so will try to fight more.”

Dillmann said he had long expected to race for Venturi in Germany, having remained in contact with the team despite it confirming Mortara and Maro Engel for Season Four.

“We all stayed in touch, and I kept doing some work with the team,” said Dillmann.

“I knew that if there was one opportunity to drive, I would be the driver to take it. That was clear from the beginning.

“To be perfectly honest I was disappointed not to be here [at Venturi] in the first place. Last year I did a good job of jumping in and doing the rest of the championship.”

New York Appearance “Likely”

Dillmann told e-racing365 that he is in the frame to represent Venturi at the New York City doubleheader in July, potentially replacing Mortara who is again tied with DTM that weekend.

Venturi has yet to confirm its driver lineup for the Season Four finale but Dillmann would theoretically be available with none of his other commitments in Super Formula and the FIA World Endurance Championship obstructing.

“I would say it’s likely,” said Dillmann when asked about the possibility.

“It would be good because it’s tough to perform only in one race here. Last year I had to do things step by step and build up my half-season as much as possible.”

He added that he is interested in obtaining a full-time seat for Season Five with the new Gen 2 Formula E car but admitted he may need to look beyond Venturi for a drive.

During 2018-19 the French squad will be in partnership with German outfit HWA, which is acting as a ‘sleeper team’ to the Mercedes factory operation which arrives in Season Six.

“I don’t think it will help me because there are a lot of drivers around who are contracted with Mercedes,” said Dillmann, who has tested the Gen 2 car.

“I am just taking this opportunity to try to show what I can do in Formula E, and after then we will see.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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