Nissan e.dams simulator driver Jann Mardenborough says that last Sunday’s test in Marrakesh accomplished everything that he was tasked with.
Mardenborough drove Sebastien Buemi’s Nissan IM01 car for the first time in the Marrakesh rookie test but impressed with the fifth fastest time over the course of the day.
The Brit, who has competed in Super GT over the last few years, only previously had a brief run in a Gen 1 Formula E car at Donington Park in 2015 to his name.
“Some aspects felt very similar to the simulator which I was quite pleased about because going in to a braking zone and just pulling a paddle is initially very strange,” Mardenbrough told e-racing365.
“I found surprisingly physical with the bumps on the street track but it was awesome and great fun too.
“All the procedures worked well and I was able to accomplish everything the team asked of me so from that point of view it was really a positive experience.”
Mardenborough’s fifth fastest time of the test was set during his afternoon 250 kW run yet the long-time Nissan racer believes he could have broken in to the top three at least.
“There is more time in me, but I was conscious of bringing the car back in one piece because everything gets packed up for the trip to Chile. But overall for my first time ever in the car, I’m very pleased,” he said.
Nissan global motorsport director Michael Carcamo praised both Mardenborough and the team’s other test driver Mitsunori Takaboshi for their work last weekend.
“We were confident Mitsunori and Jann would do a good job as they have impressed in many other categories and cars for Nissan in the past,” said Carcamo.
“Sunday wasn’t about going for a time – it was about continued development of our Gen 2 and preparing as best we can for the race in Santiago.
“Their efforts certainly validated why we choose them both for their roles as test and reserve driver and simulator driver for our Formula E program.
“While they were able to take advantage of the lessons learned by Seb and Oliver from practice, qualifying and the race yesterday – to be able to take that and move forward to help us find more speed was impressive.”