Renault e.dams boss Alain Prost has admitted to feeling the pressure ahead of the team’s home ePrix this weekend.
The French round of the FIA Formula E Championship is an important one for Renault, with their engine development based at Viry-Châtillon, and more than half the electric cars on the road in France being Renault vehicles.
It’s also an important round in terms of the championship, with the team looking to bounce back from a poor showing at the previous ePrix at Long Beach. Both drivers finished outside of the points, with Sebastien Buemi losing his lead in the championship after an avoidable crash with Robin Frijns.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s race, Senior Team Manager Alain Prost said, “It’s a big event for us in Paris, we’re a French team and we’re Renault so there is expectation. We also have more pressure because of our poor results last time out.
“We know our goal, which is to bounce back with a strong performance. The pressure and expectation is not always easy to manage and you have to channel this into being a positive pressure to perform at the very best level.”
Sebastien Buemi also admitted that there would be more pressure on the team in their home race, he commented “It’s going to be an amazing feeling to race in Paris and there’s going to be pressure. It’s our home race, so we’re looking forward to being there and enjoying it with the fans. It’ll be the biggest race of our season.”
“After Long Beach stop and reset was my plan. I did make some mistakes and I lost the lead of the drivers’ championship. Clearly I want to regain that lead for myself and help Renault e.dams to extend their lead in the teams’ championship.”
The Paris ePrix is this Saturday, with qualifying getting under way at 11am BST, and lights out at 3pm BST.