We’re just under an hour away from the start of race number four of 11 of the 2015/16 Formula E season.
Taking to the colourful streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the driver list has seen some big changes since the last race before the winter break back in Uruguay in December.
Leading the pack is e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, just one point clear of ABT pilot Lucas di Grassi, in what is shaping up as the biggest showdown the motorsport has seen so far.
Fresh faces on the grid for this race will include Brit Mike Conway, who replaces Jacques Villeneuve for Venturi, while Salvador Duran returns to Aguri from the now-liquidised Trulli team, taking over the reigns from Nathanael Berthon.
Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa takes us around the course:
“Last year was my first time in Buenos Aires, and Argentina actually. Of course the country has a racing background which is good for Formula E when we bring the racing out into the streets. I think it makes it really easy for people to go to the track and watch it. I think it was one of the best races with everything combined last year with all the fans and the track. I think we’re in for a really nice time and race, with a lot of people and lucky feathers and there’s really good food around there as well so I’m really looking forward to go back!
“You know these kind of race races; Malaysia and Buenos Aires, anything that hot is what we train for. We do some special training dedicated to that. It’s never a big issue for us drivers and I think it’s a bigger issue for the cars. I don’t think any car at the end of the day stopped with a temperature problem (in Putrajaya) but it definitely slowed everybody down, it altered everyone’s strategies and how much everyone was using the regeneration. It’s certainly very tricky and changes everything for the teams and the drivers, and it’s very easy to make a mistake. But at the end of the day for you guys outside watching it, it’s going to bring more interest and it’s going to bring everyone closer together.
“If you can line someone up there’s a good overtaking spot at turn four. Obviously turn one and then turn seven, and I think before the last chicane is also a good opportunity. Everybody is very sensible in Formula E, and that’s a good thing. Every driver has a lot of respect for each other. We have not seen in season two any stupid crashes from the racing so far and that’s the beauty of Formula E when you bring professional drivers together, it gives for good racing. I think this is where we really have an edge over other categories.”
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