LONDON – IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro felt satisfied with her debut weekend in the FIA Formula E championship in London despite failing to score any points across the two races.
De Silvestro was given the call-up to race with Andretti Formula E two weeks ago, racing alongside former Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne.
The Swiss driver narrowly missed out on points on Saturday, finishing 11th, and was caught out by a slow-moving driver at the start of Sunday’s race that meant she could finish no higher than 12th.
“The start was good but then we kind of got stuck on the wrong side where somebody didn’t get off the grid,” de Silvestro told MotorSportsTalk after the race. “Into turn three, we really got bunched up, almost broke my wing after somebody chopped me off a little bit. That’s street racing and that’s how it is.
“For sure, I wish it was a little bit better. I struggled a little bit with the energy today, how to conserve it compared to yesterday, used it a lot in the beginning when we were fighting for position. It’s a learning curve and I think we can be happy with the weekend.”
De Silvestro felt that her proficiency behind the wheel of the Formula E car improved over the weekend at Battersea Park, and that she will be better placed if she gets another run in the series.
“I think in general, speed-wise, it was much better,” de Silvestro said, comparing Sunday to Saturday. “Even in practice we were pretty quick and just how to drive the car, I think that was pretty important.
“We learned a lot and I think that’s the biggest thing. For sure if I get another go at Formula E that’s really good.
“It’s interesting. It’s definitely different to have racing like this. The field is really competitive and that is really cool, you know. Everybody is super fast and that’s really challenging because you really have to be on your A-game.
“For sure, the energy management is something you need to learn a little bit, how to do that, but everybody who has had the whole season had a bit of a head start on that. I think, all in all, it was okay. The result is not what we wanted but we’ll always learn from it for sure.”