The ERT Formula E team left Diriyah with mixed emotions after Sergio Sette Camara secured the team’s first points of the year, but Dan Ticktum struggled to get the best out of the car.
Sette Camara managed to get into the Duels during Friday’s race. The Brazilian qualified fourth but fell back to ninth due to the ERT’s energy deficiencies.
On Saturday, Sette Camara qualified in ninth but couldn’t remain in the points and finished in 18th, but the 25-year-old left Saudia Arabia delighted that he was able to bring home valuable points for the Silverstone-based squad.
“I’m very happy with Friday in Riyadh,” said Sette Camara. “I qualified in the semi-finals and started P4 so that was very good.
“In the race, I was able to stay in the top ten and score some points and finish ninth, which we’re all very pleased with. We all know how hard it is for our car to stay in the points so the team did a great job strategy-wise and I think I also did a good job with the driving.
“On Saturday we had good qualifying again with P9, and we thought we had the chance to score some points if everything went well in the race, but it was a lot harder than we thought.
“We dropped back and finished P18 which is not the result we wanted. We’re very happy with yesterday’s result – let’s analyse the data and work hard and try to do a good job at the next round, which is my home race in São Paulo.”
It was a disappointing weekend for Dan Ticktum, the Brit struggled to get the best of out the car in qualifying, which forced him to start at the rear of the grid.
With there being limited options to move forward due to the low amount of energy saving needed, it was close to impossible for Ticktum to move forward.
He tried an alternative strategy of driving slower to save energy in the hope of a safety car, but one never came for him.
“On Friday we didn’t get our qualifying right which put us in a difficult position in the race,” said Ticktum. “We tried to do a save strategy as that was our best hope of the points, but there was no safety car.
“For me, it was a pretty terrible weekend, In both qualifying sessions we didn’t get the tyre in the window so we didn’t get the most out of a car which I think could have qualified pretty well, so that’s a shame.
“In Saturday’s race, I got caught on the front wing at Turn 2 and there was nothing I could have done about that, it was just a racing incident and that was that.
“We’ve made some good learnings about our one-lap pace and some good systems knowledge, so let’s see if we can maximise things a bit better in São Paulo.”
Deputy Team Principal Russell O’Hagan was happy the team secured their first points of the season but admits that they still have lots to learn ahead of Sao Paulo.
“Overall a very solid weekend here in Diriyah where we better showed our intentions for the season with a great qualifying performance and our first points.
A more challenging day followed on Saturday, but one where I was pleased with the team’s adaptability to maximise all sessions and keep learning.
“We will head into a small break now with good clarity on what we need to improve on, and as always having very much enjoyed the spectacular event here in Riyadh,” said O’Hagan.