Formula E ever-present Jerome d’Ambrosio says he’s enjoying racing more than ever and believes his Mahindra team he joined over the summer has the potential to mount an unlikely title challenge this season.
The former F1 driver spoke to eRacing Magazine at the recent Valencia test and explained that he’s ready to end his two-and-a-half year win drought after a frustrating end to his time with the Dragon Racing team.
“I never lost the fun. Driving a racecar is one of the most and enjoyable things in the world from my perspective. I love what I do,” said d’Ambrosio.
“This year, it’s a new car and I want to try and fight for the championship. Mahindra’s been in a position the last two years to win races, now we try to add some consistency and make sure we can be at the front all of the time and try to fight for the title.
“I think Mahindra’s got a great bunch of people, and I think there’s potential to do something really good. For sure, it’s highly competitive and it’s not going to be easy, but if you no longer go for the victory, then what’s the point of going racing?”
As one of only five drivers on the grid to have competed in every Formula E race to date, d’Ambrosio believes his experience will show as the younger drivers take time to adapt to the complex nature of the championship.
“I think it has a role to play for sure, especially when we get to race weekends,” says d’Ambrosio.
“It’s not a Formula 1 weekend or a DTM weekend, it’s very particular with the amount of time you can spend on track. That experience will help when going through that process.”
The Belgian also praised the Mahindra team and shed some light on his decision to make the switch after four seasons with the Jay Penske-owned Dragon team.
“I’ve known Dilbagh for a long time, and some people within the team as well. It came obviously earlier than when it was announced, but without going into details, it came as a very natural fit,” said d’Ambrosio.
“I get along with the team very well, and the two parties really want to bring things to the next level and fight for wins and the championship, everything made sense.
“It’s a good pairing with Pascal I think. I’ve got a lot of Formula E experience, he has a lot of experience in general but he’s much younger, so we’re working together to achieve our goals.”
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