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Paris Result Gives Engel Podium Aim

Maro Engel targeting a podium finish after achieving his best Formula E result in Paris…

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Maro Engel is targeting a podium position this season after achieving his best ABB FIA Formula E Championship race result in the Paris E-Prix on Saturday.

The Venturi driver took fourth place after one of his most competitive races to date and now believes that a podium position is possible this season if circumstances allow.

“It’s great for the whole team, it gives us good points and it gives us confidence going forward,” Engel told e-racing365.

“But we keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard and the aim for the next race.

“It will be the aim to get back in to the top ten again and if circumstances will be right for us, we may be able to fight for top five or a podium, that has to be the aim.”

Engel has endured a fraught season with three retirements, a non-classification and just 11 points gathered before the Paris E-Prix.

However, the Mercedes factory driver qualified fourth last weekend and held that position for the entire first stint of the race.

He managed to hold eventual second-placed finisher Lucas di Grassi at bay comfortably as the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver saved energy.

“Lucas went two laps longer and had a quicker pit stop which is how he jumped us,” said Engel.

“I don’t know if I could have held him back on track. We can be happy that we held Buemi at bay as he obviously had the same strategy as Lucas and still didn’t manage to get by me, so overall it was a good clean race for us.

“We’ve always said that if we have a car that enables us to regularly be in top ten, and on good days, when everything comes together, we can fight for the top five, maybe even get on the podium.

“We had a good day in Paris. We were so close to the podium but we can be happy with P4.”

Engel’s 12 points for fourth position saw him leap from 17th to 12th in the drivers’ championship standings.

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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