Formula E drivers to face "unique" challenge in Rome

Formula E drivers are set to face a “unique” challenge at the inaugural Rome ePrix, according to NIO driver Luca Filippi.

Formula E drivers to face "unique" challenge in Rome
Listen to this article

The Circuito Cittadino Dell’EUR track features 21 corners and is the second-longest circuit on the FE calendar, and Filippi reckons the undulating Rome topography adds a special element that the drivers will have to adapt too.

“It’s very interesting because there is a big elevation change from the top part, which is where the start and the hairpin is going to be,” Filippi told Motorsport.com.

“Then the bottom part, where the park is, it definitely goes downhill and goes under a tunnel and then it comes up the hill [again].

“This is interesting [and] a bit unique because of this big elevation change, which – besides Monaco and Macau – not many street courses have big elevation changes.

“It’s more something that you have to adjust [to] in terms of the coasting. In theory, you could do a little bit of extra coasting going downhill.

“So there could be a little bit of freestyle ability that we need to do as drivers, rather than relying only on the software.

“It definitely could be an extra interesting thing.”

Video explainer: Mahindra Formula E powertrain...

But reigning FE champion Lucas di Grassi outlined his belief that the elevation changes would not create a significant impact on driving style.

“The elevation changes have very little energy effect – it’s almost zero to none effect in a Formula E race,” he explained to Motorsport.com.

“But in a specific braking, for example if the braking is very downhill, you can lift a bit earlier and use the downhill to keep the speed of the car a little bit. But it’s very small.

“Why I think Rome is great [is that] it’s a technical, very challenging track with uphills, downhills, wide corners, narrow corners, hairpins – [it] has everything.

“[That] can have a big differentiation between drivers and teams.”

Audi driver di Grassi added that the length of the Rome circuit means there are unlikely to be many strategic variations in Saturday’s race.

“The only downside of having a long track in Formula E is that strategy becomes very narrow,” he said.

“Because if you have to do one lap more or one lap less, the amount of energy that you need to spend or to save [is significant].

“Strategy gets more narrow – so most likely everybody will do half-race, half-race.

“This track creates a big challenge for us.”

"Very strong connection" between Rome and FE

Group photo with Pope Francis, Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E
Group photo with Pope Francis, Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E

Photo by: FIA Formula E

Filippi, who will be racing in front of his home fans this weekend, believes that Rome’s history and status makes it ideally suited to hosting an FE race.

“If you think of Formula E [as being] all about technology and innovation, and if you think about Rome – it’s definitely about history, but what they’ve done in that history is to be very ahead of everyone and innovating [was] always in the DNA of the Empire,” the Italian said.

“I actually think that there is a strong contrast but also a very strong connection between Formula E and Rome.

“It’s all about looking to the future and innovation. In the past they were able to look forward and think outside the box like we are trying to do [in Formula E].”

Find out how you can follow the 2018 Rome E-Prix here:
http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/championship/tv-schedule/

shares
comments
How Formula E pulls off its impossible job
Previous article

How Formula E pulls off its impossible job

Next article

De la Rosa joins Techeetah in sporting and tech role

De la Rosa joins Techeetah in sporting and tech role
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Prime

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks.

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Prime

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there.

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022
How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London Prime

How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London

The penultimate stop on Formula E's world tour took in London's ExCeL, where the championship contenders were upstaged by two first-time winners in 2022. Andretti’s Jake Dennis kept the home fires burning in the first race as Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi claimed the second, but two consistent finishes mean its advantage Stoffel Vandoorne heading to the Seoul finale.

Formula E
Aug 1, 2022
The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight Prime

The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight

For the second year in a row, the Venturi team is in the thick of the fight for Formula E title glory with Edoardo Mortara. That's despite a change to a more meritocratic qualifying system, which was expected to give the works Mercedes team an edge, and ex-Formula 1 racer Jerome d'Ambrosio being new in the team principal hot seat. As he tells Motorsport.com, it's a challenge he's revelling in

Formula E
Jul 26, 2022
Why Sims is quitting Formula E to become the master of his own destiny Prime

Why Sims is quitting Formula E to become the master of his own destiny

Alexander Sims’ call to give up a pukka Formula E spot after four seasons in the series may have surprised some, but after laying out his reasoning and what he hopes comes next, very few onlookers can argue against his plan.

Formula E
Jul 20, 2022
How FE's Big Apple crunch led to Cassidy joy and heartache Prime

How FE's Big Apple crunch led to Cassidy joy and heartache

Nick Cassidy hadn't enjoyed too many joyful moments in the 2021-22 Formula E campaign, but the Envision Virgin driver was the class of the field in New York - even after a sudden downpour had caused him and several others to shunt heavily out of the first race. Red flags saved his bacon on that occasion, but a 30-place penalty that cost him pole for race two due to a new battery opened the door for Antonio Felix da Costa

Formula E
Jul 18, 2022
Mortara turns up the heat on FE title rivals in Marrakesh scorcher Prime

Mortara turns up the heat on FE title rivals in Marrakesh scorcher

Formula E’s unplanned return to Marrakesh provided teams with a fresh challenge in old but familiar surroundings, as Edoardo Mortara kept his cool in melting conditions to triumph and retake the championship lead

Formula E
Jul 4, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans Prime

How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022