Venturi driver and 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says his Formula E experience gets better every day, following the fifth and penultimate day of pre-season testing at Donington.
Villeneuve, who completed Venturi’s line up before the second pre-season test, when he was confirmed alongside Stephane Sarrazin, praised the enjoyment the Venturi VM200-FE-01 has provided him with so far.
“It’s better every day and it’s very enjoyable. It’s a proper race car which makes it fun to work with the set up and you can see all the evolutions which is good,” Villeneuve told ElectricAutosport.com.
“It’s like any other race car in some respects, but to go and get that last tenth is very hard. You really have to drive them flat out and well, which is fun. The energy aspect of things is very interesting, it’s mentally taxing and finding a way to go quick without using all the energy is particularly interesting.”
Despite not being able to compare last season’s car to this year’s powertrain, the 44-year-old was happy to get some wet running under his belt and believes that he is now in a good place ahead of a return to single-seater racing for the 2015-2016 season.
“I have no idea how to compare this year’s powertrain with last year’s car and during testing especially it’s always hard to know. We are happy with what we have and it’s good now we have had some wet running because if it’s wet on a street course then it will be hell.”
With just one day of testing remaining before the cars are packed away and freighted to Beijing, Villeneuve was left feeling positive having spent part of yesterday afternoon at the top of the timesheets. The 11-time grand prix winner ended up fourth and says he hasn’t lost the desire to be competing at the front.
“I want to run at the front, this isn’t a holiday for me. Like every other series I go into full time there is a little bit of time to adapt but then the key is to get to winning ways, so I really hope that happens.”
Photos by Nat Twiss.