“I am coaching in Barcelona this weekend in F2, but I just came today to spend the race day with the team.”
Tom Dillmann, a GP2 winner, current Formula V8 3.5 champion and former German Formula 3 Champion was doing the rounds in Monaco last weekend to size up the opposition before his debut Formula E race in Paris this weekend with Venturi.
The 28 year old is standing in for Maro Engel, who has a clashing DTM commitment for Mercedes and is champing at the bit at the prospect of driving in the fastest growing motor racing series, as he was eager to tell Rob Watts.
“After last year, I was looking for a new chapter and I don’t want to drive just anything, I want to race in a big championship where you can be professional and Formula E is really big right now” enthuses Dillmann.
“It’s a world championship, it’s a good place to be as a professional racing driver so it was an aim for me to be here. Actually I didn’t contact the team, the team contacted me. The first step was to do the shakedown and we got on really well, then there was the opportunity to do the race in Paris. We were more thinking of me doing next season, but the opportunity to do a race this year arrived.”
Whilst Dillmann’s race debut will be a one-off, the Frenchman knows it will be an important home race for himself and the Venturi team after impressing Marc Gindorf, co-owner of the Venturi racing team with his professionalism over the Mexican ePrix weekend.
“I’m not sure, but I know I will drive the car again in testing but that’s all I know for the moment. I will know at the end of the summer [on his plans for next year] but if I do a good job in Paris, they already saw development-wise I give good feedback so I’m confident I can do the job to get the seat.
Although Tom is keeping a lid on expectations, he believes everything he’s done so far has been heading in the right direction.
“Yeah, like I said, the first talks were for next year to be in contact and to prepare for season four” says Dillmann. I was supposed to do the development testing which starts soon, but then there was this race where they needed a driver so as we were already close I was the obvious choice to do this race.”
Images: Venturi Formula E Team and Richard Washbrooke Photography