Today, Panasonic Jaguar Racing were joined by Paul Di Resta and Pietro Fittipaldi in the first official rookie test held in Marrakesh. The rookie test took place following yesterday’s Marrakesh E-Prix where Nelson Piquet Jr finished in fourth place. Both drivers experienced Formula E for the first time and assisted the British team continue to develop the Jaguar I-TYPE 2. Paul Di Resta completed 71 laps finishing fourth fastest of the day and Pietro Fittipaldi completed a total of 60 laps finishing second overall.
Paul Di Resta: “It’s the first time I’ve been to an E-Prix and it’s the first time I’ve driven a Formula E car. I came in with a very open mind trying to understand more how the cars operate and understand the championship.
When you see how exciting the racing was yesterday and how unpredictable it can be I definitely think the format and the way it works is appealing. This is the way this generation of the automotive industry is going so there is interest and more manufacturers coming in so I’m excited to see where it’s going. How technology can move on in motor racing is quite incredible and equally in ten years’ time I’m sure it will be a very different car to the one I’m driving now.”
Pietro Fittipaldi: “It’s been great being with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh. It’s really opened my eyes to the championship. Nelson Piquet Jr is a great friend of mine, and he’s been helping me today. I was most surprised by the amount of power the cars have. The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 is running really well, especially on the street circuit over bumps and curves. The amount of technology behind the cars, and how hard the team are pushing to develop the car is amazing. It’s the highest standard I’ve seen and I’m excited to be here.”
James Barclay, Team Director Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “Today has been a really useful day for the team and our continued development of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2. Well done to Pietro and Paul who have really integrated into the team all weekend. They are total professionals and have provided great feedback to the engineers. I would like to thank them both for their input and commitment. We will back to it tomorrow to prepare for Formula E’s first visit to Chile in a few weeks.”