Luca Filippi is targeting a ‘perfect weekend’ ahead of the inaugural Rome ePrix, following a difficult start to his Formula E career so far.
Filippi made the switch to Formula E with NIO this season after spending the last few years in IndyCar, but has so far struggled to match teammate Oliver Turvey, scoring just a single point in the opening round in Hong Kong.
As the only Italian in the field, Filippi points to his strong record when racing at home in previous categories and feels his results in Formula E will soon improve.
“I have to take this opportunity to really have a perfect weekend,” he said.” I really want to have a new start and obviously being an Italian driver here I have a bit of pressure on me, but I want to use this pressure to get the best out of it. Home races have always been good to me in other series, so I want to keep that record going.
“The last couple of races hasn’t been what I wanted, but sometimes it happens. When you are learning something new, at the beginning you just follow your instinct. Then when you think have it in your hands a little more, sometimes you don’t use your instinct, so you tend to make more mistakes and end up not as fast.
“It has happened before in other series; suddenly everything clicks together; you have enough experience and everything needed to improve.”
With 11 drivers having appeared on the podium already this season, Filippi feels the level of competition is as high as any series he has previously raced in.
“To be honest, it is a very hard championship. The level of the drivers is amazing. There is not a single driver who is not a champion from somewhere, so everyone is very prepared,” said Filippi.
“The other thing is obviously the teams are almost all manufacturers now, and they have everything they need to prepare and do well. Everybody wants to win, not just participate, so this makes it very difficult.
As the first driver to experience a ‘home’ race in Formula E this season, Filippi expressed his pride at seeing Rome finally added to the calendar, and is expecting a lot of interest in this weekend’s race.
“In Italy, there was a big need for something new; Formula 1 is part of our history, but I think people are interested to see what Formula E is like,” he said.
“The circuit is very nice. It’s wide open, and probably the longest street course we have this season. In Italy, we couldn’t afford to not have a very nice circuit, and I’m really proud of it, to be honest.”
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