Ex-Formula 1 racer Pedro de la Rosa believes drivers make a more significant difference in Formula E than in other series, allowing them to be ‘heroes’ due to the unpredictability of the races.
Spaniard de la Rosa joined Techeetah as sporting advisor in April and has seen four different drivers take victory in as many races since starting his role the team.
“I am very impressed by [Formula E] because it is a very interesting championship where the driver is the hero,” said de la Rosa.
“You come here on the morning of the race, and it is very difficult to predict who will win but [also] be on the podium, because the cars are very close in terms of performance.
“In the other series we are dominated more by engineers or by the car’s performance, but in this series, the driver is a very important differentiator and this is what I love about Formula E.
Having worked with team principal Mark Preston during his time at McLaren, de la Rosa believes the team has done an ‘outstanding job’ to be leading the championship ahead of the larger manufacturer teams and believes Techeetah has what it takes to carry this form into next season.
“The beauty of Formula E is that you have private teams like Techeetah that are fighting for the championship and at the moment we are leading, so it is fantastic,” said de la Rosa.
“You don’t need to be a works team to win races or championships. I can only say that Techeetah has done an outstanding job so far and we just have to make sure we are prepared for the future.
“The level of the teams is increasing, with so many manufacturers coming in but it is a great challenge, I think we are ready for it.”
De la Rosa came closing to joining Formula E in a different role a few years back having tested for the Techeetah team in its previous guise as Aguri.
Ahead of the 2015/16 season, the former Jaguar, McLaren, and Sauber spent a day testing with the team and explained why he opted against making a racing comeback.
“I was interested after being in Formula 1 and jumping into Formula E, but honestly I drove the car in Donington, and I realised you have to drive in a very different way,” said de la Rosa.
“It is very difficult to adapt to a car with less power and less grip than a Formula 1 car – I [would have to] change my driving style a lot to become more efficient.
“I realised I wouldn’t be flexible enough or adaptable enough so I decided not to commit.”
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