Formula E newcomer Felipe Massa says that the issues which have so far compromized his and Venturi’s results should be solved ahead of Saturday’s Santiago E-Prix.
Massa, along with Venturi teammate Edoardo Mortara, is yet to register a point after two races, with a variety of issues infringing on their races.
Eleven-time Formula 1 race-winner Massa now thinks that, although the existing issues appear to have been rectified, the high ambient and track temperatures this weekend will test the whole of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship grid.
“We are confident in one way because after the test we solved many problems that we had in Marrakesh,” Massa told e-racing365.
“But here in Santiago there could be other issues that we can all have because of the temperature.
“We haven’t had a race so hot like we will have on Saturday so this could be a big issue in terms of batteries, tires, the behaviour of the car on the track.
“In one way we believe we have kind of sold the problems we had in the first races but I think there is a little alarm for most of the teams here this week.”
Massa also said that the software development race ahead of this season was even more intense than in previous years and is comparable to similar technical programs centered around aerodynamics in Formula 1.
“In Formula E the software is like the aero in F1 because this is where you can make some big gains in different areas; the brakes, the efficiency and so on,” he said.
“So race-by-race you can improve, so it is like F1 and the aero development race in a way.
Formula E Now a “Big Deal”
Massa has lauded Formula E for its competitiveness and says that many of his F1 contemporaries and former colleagues regularly enquire about it.
“Formula E is a big deal, I can tell you. There are many great drivers and teams here for sure,” said Massa.
“It is very competitive and not missing anything compared to other top level championships, it is up there.
“It is also fun, everything seems to happen at the same time and you need a car that reacts well for everything you need to do in one day.”
He expects more F1 stars to flock to Formula E in the future, owing to the high level of competition and increasing manufacturer interest associated with the series.
“Always when I speak to Formula 1 friends everyone is asking ‘what is it like?’ and ‘how do you drive?’.
“People are more and more interested and you can see this season with [Stoffel] Vandoorne, [Pascal] Wehrlein and myself coming in, you see the level is really high and I think it will get higher, I am sure of it.”