Andretti Formula E has confirmed that the team will delay the introduction of its new powertrain and revert to the previous McLaren motor used in the inaugural season. “We had no choice,” said Roger Griffiths, head of Andretti Technologies.
Due to software problems the American was only able to complete five of the fifteen private test days ahead of the collective sessions that took place in the past three weeks. During these public tests, the team reverted to season one configuration last week as the issues with their new package – completing only 16 laps – remained a problem.
However, the team confirmed that despite the setback it intends to retain its status as a constructor and move its focus to introducing a bespoke powertrain for the start of next season.
“We made the decision to change on Monday evening and we’d come into this test with certain objectives we wanted to achieve and we had a situation which has prevented us from achieving those objectives,” explained Griffiths.
“That was a key factor in what we would do and it’s obvious we’ve had a number of issues trying to get to this stage. We kept working through them and we were confident of finding a solution but unfortunately the circumstances meant that we were left with no choice. It’s important we put on a good show and put on hold our plans to develop the powertrain and we’re not going to give up our status as a constructor. We are going to keep working but just delay the introduction until season three.”
Simona de Silvestro and Robin Frijns completed 68 laps in total last week.
Andretti will be the second team that runs the season one powertrain at the start of the new season in Beijing on October 17. Team Aguri chose to stick with its package and to optimise software instead.