It was a much more encouraging weekend for Nick Heidfeld and the Venturi Formula E Team who currently sit 9th in the Constructors Championship.
The team have endured a more difficult start to the season then they would have hoped for, having performed well in pre-season testing, but only managing to pick up a scrappy 16 points from 8 races.
Despite starting his home ePrix from 4th position on the grid after a surprisingly strong performance in morning Qualifying, 6th place in the race was a very welcome result:
‘In the beginning I was quite quick but in the end I used too much power, especially in the second stint. I had to lift quite a lot and lost a lot of positions’.
‘Sixth isn’t bad. This is the best weekend we’ve had all year with sixth and seventh but of course you hope for more’.
On his battle with Loic Duval
‘That’s the difficult thing with Formula E because you have to save power and when you’re fighting you don’t want to lift! It’s tricky’
‘We’ve learnt a lot about the car and this is the best car we’ve had all season in terms of qualifying and the race. I don’t know if when can take this to the next circuit because here it was a unique layout’
As Heidfeld points out, the Berlin ePrix circuit was unlike any we have seen in Formula E so far, with the airfield offering up a very abrasive surface and a wide open race track. However, Venturi will be encouraged by their performance today and hope they can carry this momentum forward to end the season as they might have hoped to start it.
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