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In the next of our driver interviews from Formula E testing, at Donington Park, earlier this month, Laura Prior took in a brief chat with relative newcomer Ma Qing Hua, to hear his thoughts on his Formula E campaign so far, and what he hopes to achieve in his first full season in the series, with new team Techeetah.
EVP: Great to meet you for the first time! So tell us, what have you been up to since London? Have you managed to have a break?
EVP: This is your first full season in Formula E, and I’m curious, why Formula E? What drew you to the series?
EVP: Donington Park is a difficult track to gauge the car’s true performance, as it’s so different from a street track, but how does the car feel? Now you’ve had a chance behind the wheel?
EVP: In Touring Cars you must be used to circuits with plenty of run-off – pretty much the total opposite to the tight corners and walls of the street tracks in Formula E. How does Formula E compare to other series and cars you’ve driven?
EVP: Formula E is proving crucial is pushing the development of electric road vehicles, and popularising them with the public. Do you remember the first time you drove an electric vehicle, and what your thoughts were?
EVP: You came late into Formula E late into the season, but were there any particular highlights of last year for you? Any track you particularly enjoyed?
EVP: Looking to this season, we have some amazing cities on the calendar. Is there any race you’re particularly looking forward to this year? Perhaps somewhere you haven’t raced before?
EVP: A shame for you that Beijing has been dropped from the calendar. Is there a strong racing interest there, do you feel, enough to justify Formula E returning to China in the future?
EVP: Where would you have a race in China?
EVP: On that note, as Techeetah, you have new Chinese investors and Chinese culture within the team. Does that help you to feel at home, or do you simply concentrate on the car and your race?
EVP: This year you will be working alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Have you had a chance to get to know each other yet? Are you looking forward to the challenge of a new team-mate?
EVP: Finally, what are your goals this year? What do you feel is achievable for your first full season in Formula E?