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Engel Encouraged by “Positive Momentum” at Venturi

Maro Engel is enjoying the renaissance in form shown by Venturi, as team heads into Marrakesh fourth in Formula E championship…

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Maro Engel is enjoying Venturi’s resurgence in form, with the team sitting fourth in the teams’ standings after the opening FIA Formula E championship round of the season in Hong Kong.

The Mercedes factory driver believes that more pace is yet to come from Venturi, which has so far proved to be the surprise package of Season Four.

“It was great to see in Hong Kong that a good level of pace enabled us to effectively have four runs into the points, with both drivers scoring on both days,” Engel told e-racing365.

“It gives us some real positive momentum for Marrakesh this weekend.

“I guess the only downside is that we lost my fourth place due to the overpower spike we had [in race one]. But as a whole, I think it was extremely encouraging for the whole team and myself.

“Nonetheless, I think that there are still plenty of things to improve and to work on, we can be better.”

After Hong Kong, Venturi investigated another issue which saw Engel lose significant time in race one with a drop-off of power. The fault appears to be linked to the eventual spike, which compromised his result.

Engel was demoted to 13th position following the penalty in the final classification after finishing fourth at the line.

“It was very unfortunate to be honest,” Engel explained.

“On both of my cars we had an issue causing power loss. It was a significant loss on every lap at the same position which cost us approximately three tenths a lap, and, because of that dropping below 100 kilowatts for a short period of time, a couple of seconds.

“As a result of that loss of power, it looks like we then had an overpower spike.

“We were able to make sure that it didn’t happen again during the Sunday race by putting countermeasures in place, but unfortunately we couldn’t solve the power loss issue for race two.

“We are confident that we have solved it for Marrakesh.”

Engel praised his team for its pace and reliability in the first two races, especially after gearbox issues compromised its program at the official test in Valencia in October.

“I need to make a big compliment to the team. They have tightened all the procedures on that end and really made sure that we have improved reliability, and this was great to see,” Engel said.

“The power issues were, to some degree, outside their control.

“From that sense, the team did a great job ensuring reliability and we know that we need to keep that up as obviously it is one of the key elements in having a strong season.”

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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