Filippi: Virgin did homework on Audi before agreeing powertrain deal
Sylvain Filippi says he’s not surprised by Virgin Racing’s competitiveness this season as the Frenchman says he did ‘a lot of homework’ to ensure powertrain supplier Audi was the right partner for his team.
Virgin finished last season a distant third in the teams’ championship but currently occupies first place after six races of this season, one point ahead of the Audi works team.
When asked by eRacing Magazine about the team’s working relationship with Audi, Virgin team boss Filippi explained that he wanted to ensure Audi would be the right partner in the long-term and believes the ‘homework’ he did prior the the deal is paying off.
“We are very happy with the relationship with Audi, but I’m not surprised about this. It was based on really solid foundations and I did a lot of homework to make sure we were going with the right manufacturer for the long term,” said Filippi.
“It’s a relatively straightforward customer relationship but working together quite closely, so it makes sense.”
With Virgin currently top of the team’s championship and lead driver Sam Bird only eight points off the lead of the drivers’ championship, Filippi added that he was not surprised by his team’s current standing but warned that things could change very quickly in the second half of the season.
“In terms of being surprised by our competitiveness, yes and no,” said Filippi.
“Formula E is all about the talent of your engineering team and your drivers and optimising the package. That’s something we’ve always been good at.
“It’s an extremely close championship and as long as you have a good team and provide support to your drivers, there’s no reason why you can’t get good results.
“On the flip side, it doesn’t take much for things to go wrong very, very quickly. My job is to make sure that as a team we keep doing well consistently and [also to] make sure that we don’t make mistakes that could end up costing a lot.”
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