With just days to go until the Formula E cars take to the streets of Beijing for Round 1 of the 2015/16 season, it’s time to talk pre-season predictions! And who better to ask than ITV’s own first on the scene, pit lane reporter… Nicki Shields!
I was lucky enough to catch up with Nicki and put my 10 prediction questions to her; as well as find out her standout moments from the first ever Formula E Championship.
We started off all in!…
So that’s Nicki’s predictions for Season 2, how about yours?…
Who will win the 2015/16 Championship?
Who will be the winner of Round 1 in Beijing?
How many different winners will we have in Formula E this year?
Will Team Trulli start the first race?
Who will score more points at Mahindra, Bruno Senna or Nick Heidfeld?
What will be the success story of the season?
Will one team run away with the Constructors Championship, having got their powertrain spot on?
How many times will Jacques Villeneuve out-qualify Stephane Sarrazin?
Who will come out on top at DS Virgin Racing? Sam Bird or Jean-Eric Vergne?
Will the 2015/16 Championship be decided at the final round in London?
Feel free to leave your answers to the above questions in the comments below, or send them to FormulaEDiary on twitter where you can also join us live for the Beijing ePrix this Saturday!
When it comes to drivers who make you feel like they have all the time in the world for you, they honestly come no better than Bruno Senna…
Now I asked your teammate this question but he wanted me to deflect it on to you. Mahindra are such a popular team with the fans and everyone would like to see them have a much stronger year. Can you tell us what the team struggled to get right last year and what they’ve learnt to hopefully see you fighting much further up the grid this year?
As I sat down with Nick Heidfeld – who impressively decided to go cross-legged – on the back of the teams transit vehicle I found myself excited to put my questions to Mahindra Racings latest signing – a driver I had watched in Formula 1 for so many years…
So Nick, here in Donington we’re all gearing up for the start of Season 2, but if we rewind a year… what is it that attracted you to the Formula E championship?
Sometimes you just have to take the opportunity when it’s presented to you…
As the morning session drew to a close on day one of pre-season testing at Donington Park, I decided to go in search of someone I could ask about a possible interview with 1997 Formula 1 World Champion and Venturi’s new signing, Jacques Villeneuve. I had hoped to speak with Jacques at some point during testing, but as Season Two’s high profile signing and a driver never shy of giving an opinion or two, I knew his name would be in high demand. However, as I peered in through the back of the teams garage looking for someone to talk to, I found none other than the man himself stood in front of me looking over his new all-electric race car. Jacque’s car had experienced a minor issue and come back to the pits to be checked over. As he broke away from the conversation with his engineer and walked in my direction, I took the opportunity to introduce myself and asked whether he wouldn’t mind answering a few questions for the site. I felt I had sprung this on him somewhat and quite honestly expected the brush off, but I got the exact opposite. Full of enthusiasm he walked with me to the front of the garage away from the noise of the mechanics and we began discussing the latest chapter in his motor racing career…