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PRESTON: Zurich Debrief

Techeetah Team Principal Mark Preston submits his review of the Zurich E-Prix….

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What a weekend at the first ever Zurich E-Prix, which was a fantastic success, so well done to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship organizers and the Swiss teams that made it all happen.

Formula E proved to us again that you cannot rest on any laurels and as a team Techeetah knows this and has been preparing for when things don’t go according to script.

Ahead of going to Zurich last weekend we had a chance to rebuild the two cars [back at our base] in Donington because they had come back between races, which is not something that we often get to do very often, so we had done all the work we could there.

We also practiced pitstops and made other preparations for Zurich. So that was all good and we went to the race feeling well prepared as a team and the drivers did as well.

In Free Practice 2 we were one of the teams effected by all the yellow flags, thanks to various excursions.

This meant that Jean-Eric [Vergne] and Andre [Lotterer] never really got a full lap in.

However, from what we could see from their sector times they were there or thereabouts on pace, which then obviously Andre proved in qualifying by going P2 and doing another excellent job.

Andre was fast in qualifying so really all of the plans were coming together and we weren’t really stressed about predictions, temperatures, race strategies etc going into the race.

JEV knew what he had to do and back at the last race Andre had had to do something similar because he was at the back as well and proved he could get up into the top ten from there.

For JEV the race was a real rollercoaster. We haven’t figured out why we over-sped yet. The guys will obviously go back and check it out.

Obviously, in his pit stop there was a problem with one of the switches. Again, we don’t know quite exactly what went wrong but engineers will figure it out.

JEV climbed up through the field several times and showed not just great pace but his brilliant racecraft. It was one of his best drives for sure. He even passed some drivers two or three times.

I have been waiting for us to have some bad luck because everyone else has.

It is like the Formula E gods are watching over everybody and giving someone a crazy curve ball before you go to one of the races, but we seemed to get them all at once in Zurich.

We just have to ensure that we make no mistakes, which has been the hallmark to most of our season and hopefully we have got all of our bad luck out of the way now.

We will obviously learn from these experiences and see now concentrate on New York where we have the opportunity to take both titles. We have the advantage at the moment but in Formula E nothing can be taken for granted.

Like after Berlin, the cars come back to us again, giving us another week to prepare them and there is plenty of time on the simulators so we should have a good lead up to New York.

It is all to play for and we just have to be as prepared as we can be and see where we end up. One thing is for sure, you won’t want to miss the action.

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Mark Preston is team principal for TECHEETAH Formula E and is a former technical director with the Super Aguri Formula One team.

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