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ROSENQVIST: Paris Debrief

Felix Rosenqvist submits his column from an ultimately frustrating weekend in Paris…

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Well that was a tough and frustrating weekend all round. Paris is such a great city to have an E-Prix that it hurts when you aren’t able to fight for the win.

But one thing known about us at Mahindra Racing is that we will fight back and we will do it strongly.

Practice started poorly and it was just hard to feel the car in those first sessions and, in fact, all day long really.

The car is normally very strong but here it was surprising me all the time, like for example when I crashed in Free Practice 1.

It was one of those moments when it completely loses grip, then the next lap you’re thinking, ‘Why didn’t I brake later?’, and then you brake later and you lose it again sort of never really build on anything. It is frustrating.

I think that’s why I ended up not qualifying well too, because you don’t have the confidence, you lose three, four tenths and you end up in the middle of the pack.

It was just the story of the day, really and it was the same in the race, a little bit unpredictable, not really that quick, I think we missed a little bit of grip as well.

I don’t think it was temperature-related, because in Marrakesh it was really cold as well and there we were good and won. I think it’s more surface-related because we had a lot of new tarmac in Paris.

I think it was a little bit the same last year, but we maybe had a cleaner qualifying, and somehow maybe the others improved as well, but this was our worst track last year as well.

In that sense I’m not too worried for the future races, because it’s something that we have to sort out here not at other tracks.

At the start I got one position on the first lap and then I lost one position to Daniel Abt, so I was back where I started.

I was behind [Jose Maria] Lopez the whole first stint and then we undercut him which was good – we did a really good strategy.

I overtook [Oliver] Turvey after that, he was quite slow in the second stint and then I was just in no man’s land trying to do something but ended up feeling that I could risk a lot for very little reward and we ended in eighth so at least it was some points after a hard weekend.

The title looks difficult now, we have to accept that.

I still somehow believe that luck will play out a little bit in our favor in the end, because [Jean-Eric] Vergne hasn’t had any really bad luck yet.

From our perspective it’s always playing out in his favor somehow.

Bird is the one who’s doing a really good job – taking points and being up there all the time, so it’s hard to keep up when you have weekends like this.

Formula E is mega hard competition we all know that, but you have to believe that something will happen, that we will have some really strong runs from now on in.

We just didn’t have the ultimate pace last Saturday. It’s particularly hard to overtake at that track, so I think P8 was pretty much what we could hope for given the circumstances.

Of course we’re not satisfied and we know that we’ve got much more potential than this. We will bounce back though, I can promise you that.

Catch you next time after Berlin where I obviously have very good memories from last season. I hope I can tell you about getting another victory right here on e-racing365.

Felix

A two-time Macau GP winner, Felix Rosenqvist drives for Mahindra Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship.

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