d’Ambrosio unhappy with team-mate’s late race antics


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Buenos Aires ePrix, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saturday 18 February 2017. Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _X0W5744

There were fractures in the FF Dragon Racing team following a tight battle between their two drivers in the closing stages of the Buenos Aires ePrix.

In the final laps Loic Duval caught Jerome d’Ambrosio, and attempted to overtake him for sixth.

They fought for several corners with Duval eventually taking the position, and d’Ambrosio falling back to finish in eighth place.

The move is rumoured to have caused harsh words to be exchanged between the two drivers’ mechanics, and d’Ambrosio stated he was unhappy after the race as he believed both drivers were told not to push.

Speaking to Motorsport.com the Belgian said, “I was sixth with two laps to go and there is no reason to then finish eighth.

“This is especially as the guys were on the radio in the last five laps saying just bring it home and take it easy.

“They said the same to Loic and then it all goes crazy with two laps to go. That’s a little bit of a pity. A misunderstanding or whatever, I just don’t know.”

Duval obviously saw the incident differently and thought he was within his rights to have a go, especially given that he had worked hard to get his energy levels back on target.

He said, “I just got a message that at one point at the beginning of the second stint that Jerome had more energy left than me, which was normal as I did one lap less with the first car.

“As you have seen in the past though we have had fights and most of the time I was really gentle, and this weekend I was in this position where I was competitive and I had less energy available so I fought.

“I always gave the room but for sure I won’t make it easy to pass. I was able to come back on the energy level, at the end I was able to attack.”

Team boss Jay Penske was unequivocal in his view on his drivers racing each other.

He told Motorsport.com that they were allowed to race clean and race hard, “But if you take your teammate out by being too aggressive, then you’ll miss the following race.”