After a season with more downs than ups, Dragon Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio is confident that the team will overcome last season’s issues and fight back at the top in season four.
The Belgian finished last seasons championship in 18th position, scoring a total of 13 points. Dragon Racing struggled with a car that had poor reliability, as d’Ambrosio had various issues throughout the season, which resulted in three retirements due to technical failures. However, the American team showed a strong pace in the pre-season testing in Valencia.
Speaking exclusively to Formula E Zone, d’Ambrosio was satisfied with how the American team pace in the pre-season testing in Valencia.
“Season four will look a lot better than season three,” explained d’Ambrosio. “We’ve improved the car, and the team is working better together.
“The car has been handling very well and I think we’ve made quite an improvement from last year’s car. You could see this from the results at the pre-season tests in Valencia.
“The core of the team is very strong, especially with Jay Penske at the centre. The members of the team are sticking together and are working hard to turn things around to be stronger,” said d’Ambrosio.
D’Ambrosio will be joined by 2016 Le Mans winner Neel Jani. The Belgian is looking forward to working with Jani to push the team forward. “I’ve been working with Neel for only a few tests, but he’s a great team player. He’s a hard-working guy and intelligent driver. We’re able to work together on the set up of the car,” said d’Ambrosio.
The layout used for testing in the Spanish city was highly criticized by drivers and team members, and d’Ambrosio felt that the teams learnt more at Donington than they did in Valencia.
“Valencia was actually less effective than Donington. The track layout and surface have nothing to do with a typical Formula E track. Although we had good results from the tests in Valencia, these have to be taken with a grain of salt. The testing results and data are valid, however, the setup is not representative.
“Despite this, I can expect to fight at the front and for podiums,” expressed d’Ambrosio.