Jose Maria Lopez is confident that Dragon’s race pace in Berlin does not show a true reflection of the American’s teams pace.
Dragon Racing had a good qualifying session with Jerome D’Ambrosio qualifying in fourth place with Lopez in 11th, but the Argentine was only a tenth and a half away from Superpole.
Speaking to Formula E Zone journalist Tobias Bluhm, Lopez felt that the team had the pace to score points, but a bad start cost him a chance to fight for a solid points scoring position.
“It was a tough race,” said Lopez. “Making it into Superpole would have changed everything because the pace was there. I could have fought for good positions, but I was just too far away. I lost some places at the start, and it was hard to make them back again. So finding an extra tenth in qualifying was crucial to make my race better.
“I don’t think that race was a true reflection of where we are. We have made good progress, but when you get pushed out-wide and then hit in the back by Rosenqvist, that causes you to spin and ruin your race, it is not easy to take.
Lopez was not happy with Rosenqvist’s driving which caused the 35-year- old to spin at Turn 3. the Dragon driver understands that the Swede may have been frustrated due to his bad race, but felt there was no need to drive that aggressively.
“First I was pushed out-wide after fighting with Piquet, but then I came back into the middle of the Mahindra drivers. I was in front of Rosenqvist, so there was nothing that I can do.
“There was no need to drive like that, I know he might be frustrated that he had a bad race, but that’s not my fault. He should have just waited for a better opportunity to pass me, instead of desperately trying to pass me,” added Lopez.