After the season-opening doubleheader at Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) in November, the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to resume in Santiago (Chile) this weekend. Here's an account from Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein retelling his previous outing at the Santiago E-Prix.
The holidays are over, and round three of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Santiago on Saturday. The track has changed a bit from season five, but I would say Santiago is one of the fastest tracks with big braking points and, in only my second Formula E race, which was in Chile last year, I finished on the podium, so I’d say it’s a track that I like!
I remember the tarmac started to break in the scorching track temperatures last year, which shows the challenges we faced, and we’ve prepared as much as we can to face the Santiago heat once again this weekend. To be honest, there is not a huge amount that you can do to manage the car overheating. Managing the tyres in the rising temperatures can also be difficult, but you can try to adapt your driving style and try not to slide around too much.
Strategy and energy management will be more important than ever in Santiago, especially since the new energy regulations have been introduced for this season. Any extra boost to gain a competitive advantage is always appreciated, so please go online and vote for me in Fanboost. For season six, Mahindra Racing has pledged to plant a tree for every vote I receive, so now your vote will go beyond the racetrack.