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Fritz (HWA): Active Braking Will Be “Game-Changer” for Formula E

HWA boss Ulrich Fritz says active braking will be a crucial ingredient in the Gen 2 era…

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HWA Formula E boss Ulrich Fritz thinks that the implementation of active braking systems will be “a game changer” for the all-electric championship.

So-called brake-by-wire technology will be seen in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship beginning in the 2018-19 season which will get underway in December.

This is largely because of its correlation to the automotive industry and its use in the new breed of electric road cars.

“We are already working closely with Venturi to develop it,” Fritz told e-racing365.

“In fact it is a game-changer and it changes the behavior of the car and with it comes a complete change of the driving style.

“It is a challenge but if you get it right you have a big advantage and if you get it wrong it is a big disadvantage and that is why we need to put a lot of effort in to these things that can be performance critical and differentiating.”

Fritz was direct in his estimation of where the future Mercedes team will be when it joins the series for 2019-20, saying that any of HWA’s success from the upcoming campaign will be a bonus as it undertakes the learning process for the manufacturer.

“It is clear that for Season Six we want a team that is fighting for the championship and to win races,” he said.

“That is the target and there cannot be any other target with Mercedes in racing. It is the clear mid to long-term goal.

“Season Five is important because we need to learn what needs to be improved and also how we can improve and put together the best drivetrain.

“If some sporting success comes with that in season five we are happy but we are realistic enough to know it will be difficult.”

Chiocchetti Hiring Valuable for HWA

Fritz says HWA’s hiring of former Lucas di Grassi engineer Franco Chiocchetti will be “valuable” for the team.

Chiocchetti left Abt earlier this year ands attended the final three Formula E rounds with Venturi in preparation for the coming season.

“We’ve known Franco for a long-time now as a competitor in DTM with ABT there,” said Fritz. “We hired him because of his personality and I thought he would be a good addition to the team.

“The experience that he brings from the last three and a half seasons racing with a really competitive team is valuable to us.

“But the sport changes so quickly that now we have a completely new car from next year onwards.

“I would say that our benefit from this now is somewhat limited and really it is more about his
experience in procedures, processes and how to get the best of things.”

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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