Driot sheds light on reasons for e.dams' FE win drought
Jean-Paul Driot has revealed the reasons for e.dams’ struggles last season and why his team, the most successful in Formula E history, was unable to defend its teams’ championship title.
Following three consecutive Formula E teams’ titles, Jean Paul Driot’s e.dams team slumped to fifth in the standings last season and is without a win since the 2017 Berlin E-Prix, almost 20 months ago.
Speaking to eRacing Magazine, Driot explained why he believes the results suddenly dried up for his team and suggests that the main reasons weren’t solely technical ones.
“Look at McLaren, look at Williams, It’s very difficult to stay on the top. It’s very difficult to win when you have difficulties to do so, and it’s so easy to win when it comes like clapping fingers, and then you forget how difficult it is,” said Driot.
“Perhaps you want to go too far, being so sure of yourself and your team, your technical development, and some people behind are working very hard in order to overtake you, that’s what happened last year.
“Buemi, [despite] all the problems, scored 110 points, which is not too bad [but] compared with the year before and first three years it was bad. You know, it happens, and this is what I call the rolling cycle.
“When you are aware of this, you try to correct it very quickly, I hope that this year we will be back at a very high level.”
Driot acknowledges that the level of competition has increased as manufacturers such as Audi and BMW have increased their involvement in the championship, but perhaps more notably, he suggests some reasons why his team lost out to a rival much closer to home.
“For sure, when you have the kind of names, the manufacturers that are coming in, it’s obviously normal that the competition is increasing every race. The difference to last year is that last year we tried to reinvent what we had in our hands,” said Driot.
“Techeetah had the same powertrain as us, they didn’t reinvent anything because they were buying it from Renault and from us, so they worked a lot on the one part of the car that it is the most important now in motor racing, whatever championship you do, is the software development. They only worked on the software, and we didn’t.
“We were trying plenty of other things, but the software, we didn’t realise that it was so important and this is where we went wrong. Plus the fact that they had two quick drivers, and I won’t make any comment, but you see the result this year. I kept one.”
Driot also shared his views on partnering with Nissan following Renault’s exit from the championship, and the Frenchman admits that while things have gone “perfectly well” so far, the Japanese marque is yet to experience his “bark” when things aren’t going to plan.
“I was not used to sharing anything with anyone and I was a little bit scared [partnering with] Nissan [but] it’s easier to [work with] people who know where they are and what they do,” said Driot.
“They know that we know very well the track, the drivers, the racing, and we don’t interfere with each other. Obviously, we are sharing everything but we don’t interfere with each other, and I tell you, up to now it’s the perfect combination.
“I’m very, very happy because I have the reputation for being not someone very easy but when we work, when we talk, we negotiate in a very objective way, it’s very easy. If I get the impression that they think they are cleverer than I am, and I see them coming, then you know I am like a dog. I don’t bite easy, but I bark, that’s for sure.”
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