GP2 race winner Stefano Coletti told ElectricAutosport.com that he doesn’t want to miss out on a Formula E drive and hopes to secure a seat at Team Aguri for season two.
Coletti was given his first taste of Formula E during Tuesday’s final pre-season test day at Donington Park, driving Aguri’s Spark-McLaren SRT01-e alongside fellow GP2 series veteran Nathanial Berthon. The Monaco-born driver set the 10th best time as he got to grips with the new car and its technology.
The Japanese outfit have also tested Tom Dillmann and WEC driver Nicolas Lapierre during pre-season, with all four believed to be in the running for the two available seats. Coletti hopes that he has done enough to earn a place on the grid.
“That is why I’m here. I think that Formula E is a great series that will grow a lot over the next few years, so I’d like to be a part of it from the beginning. I’ve already missed the first year, I don’t want to miss the second one. I hope I can be on the grid in Beijing,” said the 26-year-old.
In 2013 Coletti became the first Monesqasque driver since Louis Chiron over 80 years ago to take victory around the streets of Monte Carlo, as he claimed his third GP2 win of the season.
He has previously raced in junior categories such as Formula Renault 3.5, and currently competes in the 2015 IndyCar series for KV Racing Technology. Compared to his other racing exploits, Coletti says that his maiden Formula E outing has taken some getting used to, but has been an “enjoyable” experience.
“It’s weird because it doesn’t make any noise. When you are used to going 230-240mph in an oval in IndyCar and then you come here, it’s really different. It’s much slower obviously, but the behaviour when cornering makes the car really fun to drive and I have really enjoyed it.
“Saving energy has been the most challenging thing. Also the fact that all of the cars I’ve been racing with in the past few years, like GP2, World Series and Indycar, are much bigger with a lot of horsepower.
“You brake late into the corner and then you want to stop the car, rotate and go again, because you have the torque and the horsepower to do that but you don’t here. You have to carry a lot of speed through the corners, brake as little as possible and keep the momentum going, it’s something I haven’t been doing since Formula BMW and Formula Renault, so it’s pretty challenging.”
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