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Wittmann: Formula E “Not What I Expected”

Marco Wittmann says his opinion of Formula E has changed after Marrakesh test…

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BMW factory driver Marco Wittmann has described his change in opinion of Formula E after his debut test appearance in the series at the Marrakesh rookie test on Sunday.

The two-time DTM champion completed laps in Alexander Sims’ car during the six hours of running.

“It’s definitely a challenge and probably not what I expected to be honest,” Wittmann told e-racing365.

“There’s quite a lot to do as a driver as well as in race simulations and the race itself, so it’s not easy to adapt yourself to the car.

“It’s quite different to what I drove so far and it’s definitely demanding. My opinion is now fully formed on it as a real challenge.”

Wittmann also said that he would consider a more permanent role in the all-electric series in the future, possibly dovetailing two programs.

“I’d be interested in racing these cars of course, but it depends on what my future brings,” he said.

“Definitely, in 2019 I’ll be part of the DTM but who knows what the future really brings.

“Especially nowadays you have to be a bit more open than in the past. I think in the past it was pretty clear that if you have one programme, you’re fixed to it.

“But now you can see that a lot of drivers move from DTM to GT and even DTM and Formula E together. So there’s no need to have just one racing program.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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