Renault e.dams Renault Sport Project Leader, Vincent Gaillardot, admits that the key between winning and losing the upcoming Formula E ePrix in Buenos Aires, and future races, depends on “effective energy management”.
After Sebastien Buemi won the previous round in Punta del Este, the team have continued to look for improvement in their performance through simulator sessions between the previous and upcoming races. “We spend a lot of time before each race running simulations in the factory to decide on the optimal calibration for each location,” commented Gaillardot.
Although simulation work has played an important role in the preparation for the upcoming race, Gaillardot admitted it isn’t always reliable when it comes to the real thing, with Buemi and Nico Prost being in control of the energy usage.
“As we all know, simulations don’t always reflect real-world conditions. For example we can’t predict whether Sebastien and Nico will have to use a lot of energy battling with other drivers, or it will be a lights to flag victory.”
So far this season, the Renault e.dams team have found themselves on the podium twice thanks to the performance of Buemi, the Swiss driver sitting at the top of the driver standings whilst the team reside at the top of the team’s standings. Their main aim at the upcoming ePrix is to continue their strong run and extend the gap from second place rivals ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.
“The first shakedown session of a Formula E race weekend will be spent refining the energy management set-up,” admitted Gaillardot. “There is constant contact between the drivers and their engineers to monitor consumption levels and take appropriate action. Then during the race it’s very important to maintain that level of contact and instruct them throughout.”
“The best way to effectively manage the energy available to us during a race is to recover energy under braking. Then it is a case of monitoring the consumption levels and finding the best set-up, which depends on the type and length of the track.”
The fourth round of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E championship takes place this weekend, February 6th, in Argentina.