Techeetah's Mark Preston seeking stability in second season, confirms Lotterer deal is multi-year
In its debut season, Techeetah achieved six podium finishes including a win in the final race to finish fifth in the teams’ championship. It could have been higher, as lead driver Jean-Eric Vergne retired from two races while running in a podium position. Mark though, doesn’t feel that takes too much away from the team’s overall performance.
“As a new group of people, I think it went pretty well. You couldn’t really ask for much more. Winning the last race was a great reward, and achieving double podiums in the last few races was pretty cool. I think we probably could have delivered more, but I think it was pretty good overall.
“By the last race, the guys were quite happy with their strategy and where they felt JEV was. It all came together in the last race and we made it look easy.”
After early season podiums in Buenos Airies and Mexico City, the team suffered a dip in form, failing to reach the podium again until the penultimate weekend in New York, before going on to win at the final round in Montreal. Mark explained the changes they need to make to keep improving, and why stability is now key to the team’s chances.
“We are continuing to make operational changes all the time, and coming from F1 that’s why they have 500 people in a team; it’s all about operations and achieving perfection. As a small series, we have to head towards what we’ve all experienced [working in larger series], so we’re just trying to put as many of those processes and procedures in place as we can.
“Last season we had the speed, and now we have two drivers from the start of the season that, as you’ll see from the testing times, are within a few tenths of each other. They’re both super experienced and super skilled, and from the beginning it gives us stability.
Mark was also keen to point out his pleasure at securing his number one target, former Porsche LMP1 driver Andre Lotterer.
“He’s been at the top of our list for quite a while; I think we probably started looking after the last race so two months ago. It’s a long-term deal. Obviously, Porsche left LMP1, and no one knows what’s going to happen with that now, but [Lotterer’s deal with Techeetah] is nothing do with Porsche.”
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