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In the penultimate of our pre-season Formula E testing interview series, Laura Prior caught up with Battersea victor Nico Prost, earlier this month, and had a quick chat to him about whether Renault e.Dams can remain at the top, with a field of rivals snapping at their heels.
EVP: So, Nico, we’re back on the road again! Tell us, what have you been up to since that amazing weekend in London? Have you managed to have a break?
EVP: It’s always difficult to read into car performance at Donington, but I guess the most important question today is, how does the car feel? Now you’ve had a chance behind the wheel?
EVP: What about your thoughts on the new front wing? Do you feel there’s any aerodynamic impact, or do you think it’s purely an aesthetic decision?
EVP: Formula E is integral in pushing the development of EV’s, and popularising them with the public. Do you remember the first time you drove an electric vehicle, and what your thoughts were?
EVP: How do you see the growth of Formula E? Do you think it’s a matter of time, as it’s a series in it’s infancy, before it becomes more widely respected as the technology develops. Or do you feel it’s always in danger of being seen as niche racing?
EVP: It was amazing to be there in London to see you finish the season on such a high. Was that the highlight of last season for you, or do you have any other particularly good memories?
EVP: Looking forward to this year, the calendar has changed significantly. Montreal in, NYC finale, back to Monaco, Marrakesh. Some great destinations! Any race you’re particularly looking forward to?
EVP: Regarding the new tracks, obviously a lot of criticism of the championship is that it’s spaced out so widely over the year, and makes it difficult to retain a core audience – do you think the season should be shorter?
EVP: There’s been a lot of debate about FanBoost, and I wanted to ask your thoughts. Many struggle to take Formula E seriously, but while one camp sees FanBoost as great for involvement, others see it as a gimmick. Do you think Formula E would do better to get rid of it altogether?
EVP: As a team, how confident can you be of keeping the gap to other teams this season, as there are only – realistically – so many developmental gains you can make. Does that worry you, or do you see it as an exciting challenge?
EVP: Finally, what are your goals for this season? Planning to see if you steal that number 1 from your team-mate?