After the first official shakedown of the Extreme E the teams are preparing for the qualifying races and the Xprix, the drivers gave their first impressions.
The CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag spoke about the technical problem Sara Price’s SUV had, the vehicle stopped in the second half of the desert track of AlUla. Chip Ganassi’s car registered a warning light and then stopped moving.
“It’s an electronics problem, which happens. She took a big bump, I don’t know if you saw it? I saw it. So we are thinking it may have something to do with it (the invester). She was going for it then she hit like this and a she flew, went on the side and landed. It might have been that”he pointed out”.
For his part, Price’s teammate, Kyle Le Duc said that the sound had nothing to do with the Chip Ganassi squad. “It sounds like some sort of electrical gremlin, it’s not something with the car – not something from the team’s side. Sara was able to get out of the car and the car’s safe [from an electrically charged perspective]. Now we need to look for a way to eradicate this.”
“She just turned off on me. It just dropped power completely. I was going through a turn and then nothing, ”were Sara Price’s statements about the incident.
Agag indicated that the beginnings of tests of an electrical competition of this magnitude, are not easy and that errors can occur. Also, the founder of the series remembered the first race of Formula E.
“First run: 20 cars and 18 stopped. Eighteen of 20! We were like: ‘Another one stopped. Another one, how many corners he did? Three corners, wow, another one: six corners’ The first car did one lap, we were cheering! We’re doing amazing here and this terrain is way more extreme than that.”
Speaking of the race after another failure in the power steering of his vehicle, the double world rally champion, three times winner of the Dakar Rally and a member of the Acciona Sainz XE Team, Carlos Sainz Sr acknowledged that he wants to “be positive”.
“It’s obviously a learning process but it’s a pity because here obviously in the area, there are some places like that, but we need to have an open mind and learn. I will try to help the championship. It’s not the time to criticise, another time. It’s the time to learn and the time to really understand what is the best option.”
This Saturday the Electric Odyssey continues with the qualifying races, which became individual events against the timer and on Sunday the Extreme E will have its semifinals and final in groups of three.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago