Jerome d’Ambrosio has delivered his first thoughts on the circuit that will be used for the FIA Formula E season finale in London in two weeks’ time, saying that it will pose “a big challenge” to drivers.
The inaugural season of the series will end in London with a double-header round. A circuit in the grounds of Battersea Park in the heart of the city is being constructed for the event.
D’Ambrosio, winner of the Berlin ePrix last month, visited the venue on Thursday as part of a media day previewing the races on June 27 and 28.
“I don’t think I’ve ever raced anywhere quite as pretty as this, with all the trees and flowers next to the track,” d’Ambrosio said.
“I think we’ll need to use our clear visors because of the shade caused by the trees. And I hope I’m not in the first qualifying group as I think there are going to be a lot of leaves on the track at that stage too.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for sure. We will run the car higher than usual to stop the floor of the car touching the road and to make sure that when we hit the brakes all four wheels are on the ground. I think there could be a lot of safety cars!”
Boasting 200 acres of space, Battersea Park was opened back in 1858 by Queen Victoria and is one of the few venues on the Formula E calendar that does not incorporate public roads, limiting disruption in London.
“We looked at many venues for a London race and Battersea provided the best solution,” series CEO Alejandro Agag said.
“It’s in the heart of the city, it has great transport links and because it takes place inside of the park, we don’t have to shut any roads.”
Formula E heads to its London finale with four drivers in the mathematical running for the title, but the real battle appears to lie between first-placed Nelson Piquet Jr (128 points) and Lucas di Grassi (111).