The test week passed without any technical difficulties for the ZF-equipped teams, even if the lap times in Valencia traditionally do not allow any major conclusions to be drawn about the performance of the teams. This is not least due to the track characteristics of a classic circuit, which are unusual for Formula E. The tracks actually driven on in the racing calendar are mostly temporary street circuits, which are often characterized by rather slower, winding track sections. In the first session on Tuesday, Oliver Rowland in the Mahindra was able to make his mark with a third place in the timesheets. On Thursday, Rowland even posted the second-fastest time in the field.
Sascha Ricanek, Managing Director of ZF Race Engineering, is looking forward to the start of the season:
“Formula E is really taking off in its ninth season: More powerful vehicles, four new racetracks and we are represented in four cars with our electric ZF powertrain for the first time. That makes us proud, and we hope that together with our partners Mahindra Racing and Abt Cupra we can finish on the podium as often as possible.”
Thomas Biermaier, CEO ABT Sportsline and Team Principal ABT CUPRA FE, is confident about Abt's return to Formula E:
"ABT and ZF have been working together successfully in many racing series for a long time. We are therefore very pleased that our two brands are now forming a team in Formula E and that they also have common ideas for the future. ZF's experience and expertise in powertrain development, as well as the physical proximity of our two companies, played an important role in the decision to choose Mahindra Racing as the manufacturer. Of course, when we come back to Formula E as a small team, we are initially in the role of the underdog. Nevertheless, we want to set one or two exclamation marks in the first season of the new Formula E era.”
At Mahindra Racing, a new team principal, Fredric Bertrand, is responsible for the success of the Indian-British racing team:
"It is great to see the new Gen3 cars on track and we are very excited to develop our relationship with ZF throughout Season 9. Our aim is to be competitive, and it is important to work with a strong partner to achieve this ambition. We are hoping to be fighting to be at the front with ZF as often as possible."