Lotterer plays down Techeetah pace comparative to rivals
Andre Lotterer has dismissed suggestions that his DS Techeetah team possess a significantly faster package than its rivals, despite the strong pace it was able to display during the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
Lotterer was able to climb through the field to finish fifth in Riyadh after starting from 10th on the grid but would likely have finished higher had it not been for a drivethrough penalty picked up halfway through the race.
Likewise, his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne was another to pick up a penalty during the race but had enough pace to convert his seventh place grid start into a second place finish, only narrowly losing out to eventual race winner Antonio Felix Da Costa.
While Techeetah’s pace was a clear warning shot to its rivals, the German, however, is failing to get carried away and told Autosport that the rain had made it difficult to get a feel for the competitive order, stating. “It was hard to see the real package performance because the track, the whole condition of the day was a bit more random.”
The DS Techeetah duo looked on course to pick up a one-two finish before being penalised for the same power glitch that afflicted the Audi powered cars such as Sam Bird in qualifying.
Despite this setback. Techeetah’s points haul was enough for it to come away leading the teams’ championship. When quizzed on this, Lotterer said, “we were” [the fastest], but was quick to dampen expectations, adding, “I don’t think we have a revolutionary package.”
The former World Endurance Champion refused to rule out any of his fellow rivals as he believes that “everyone is pretty much up there” as the Formula E circus heads to Marrakesh for round two. Expanding on this, Lotterer explained that “when I was driving around other cars, there was similar power and similar style, so I think everyone is pretty much up there. It’s just getting all the bits together.”
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