Andretti driver Tom Blomqvist says that the Rome E-Prix will be “special” both on and off the track this weekend.
The Brit spent a day learning the 1.77-mile Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR track, which is located in the EUR region of the ‘Eternal City’ on a simulator last week.
“My first impressions of the track after doing a sim session is that it will be a real challenge, I have no doubt about that,” Blomqvist told e-racing365.
“There are a lot of corners compared to most other Formula E tracks. The first sector is quite fast and there is a downhill section which is quite wide and then you come back up a slight hill so there is some good elevation.
“So while it is quite fast and flowing in sector one, the second sector is more traditionally a street circuit in that there are plenty of ninety-degree corners and a hairpin.
“The final sector looks to be the trickiest and is quite slow and tight. Just as you come to the end of the lap there is this super slow section where there is a really tight chicane just before the pit entrance.”
While Blomqvist was enthused with the first two sectors, he was not as impressed with the final part of the track.
“The final chicane is going to be a real challenge and we will have to see what it is like when we drive it for real because on the sim it was really slow and fiddly,” he explained.
“The rest of the track I enjoyed but this part is too slow I think, but we don’t know if it is there for a reason like protecting or bypassing something.”
The 24 year-old BMW-contracted driver will start his fifth E-Prix this Saturday and says that he is relishing racing in city centres.
“It will be super cool to race in Rome and you can even see by the sim that there will be a spectacular backdrop,” said the Andretti pilot.
“When I go to new tracks I look on Google Maps just to get a look at the area. I can tell you now, this is going to be very special.”