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Vergne wishes Formula E “never comes back” to Valencia

Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Valencia pre-season testing – Credit: Courtesy of Formula E

DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne called for the racing series to “never come back” to Valencia ahead of the scheduled E-Prix this weekend.

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo will be the first venue of a Formula E-Prix in Spain and is popular with some drivers and rather less so with others.

This could also be related to the fact that this E-Prix is to be run on a permanent track. Even though an artificial chicane has been added on the home stretch, the rest of the track is original.

Before the race weekend, the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne had called for not racing at Valencia, even though the two-time world champion had raced there earlier and liked it:

“If you ask me about the track, I have this track in the heart. I have done since when I was racing in GP3. It’s a good track but absolutely not a track for Formula E. But it’s what we have with COVID times making it difficult to create a circuit in the cities. We have to consider ourselves happy to be able to race somewhere. But quite clearly, I wish never to come back on this circuit. Not because I don’t like it, just because it’s not right for Formula E.”

Vergne is not alone in this opinion, however. Lucas di Grassi, driver for Audi, also thinks that this track is not made for Formula E.

“I don’t think we should go to many tracks like this, or we have to modify the car. The car was not made for this type of tracks.”

For the first time, the FIA will also be using track limits instead of walls as track boundaries to prevent drivers from leaving the track. These will be used in turns 1, 2, 6 and 12.

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