In the round-up: Jean-Eric Vergne says being frustrated with second is good, only four points off the championship lead.
Vergne “happy to be disappointed with second”
Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who won both his titles in New York, said that given the up-and-down nature of this year’s championship, he was pleased to be frustrated not to win.
Vergne is now third in the championship, four points behind leader Edoardo Mortara and second-placed Robin Frijns, who have an equal score of 72 but Mortara has the edge on countback.
Speaking immediately after the first New York race this weekend, Vergne said “It has been a strong day for us and I’m happy to be disappointed with second. It shows that it’s not been a bad day when you’re in this position.
“We always knew that the guy that was 12th [in the title] today before the race could could have been leading the championship. So it’s so tight, so close to everyone.”
Haas “not far away” from confirming 2022 line up
Haas announced relatively late in the 2020 season that they would not be retaining Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, then waited later in the year to confirm Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin for 2021.
However, team boss Guenther Steiner said that they would not repeat the delay, to confirm their 2022 drivers.
“I think we [haven’t] even started to work on it,” he dismissed. “It’s just started silly season.
“We have to review everything, for sure. But I don’t think we are far away to confirming everything.”
Formula E publishes €62,000 loss for 2019-2020 season
In accounts published today, Formula E Operations, the company that runs the series (although is a subsidiary to parent Formula E Group) reported that despite the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic, it made a small loss from August 2019 to September 2020. Having announced it had turned its first profits in September 2019, the organisation reported a lost of €62,660 over the subsequent year.
It recorded a total income of €142,843,846 over the period, of which €84,041,993 was from race promotion and licensing. A further €56,796,494 was from other race services. Compared to previous accounts, the shortfall was less than €20 million, despite Formula E completing less than half its season prior to the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic collapsing the majority of the calendar.
Formula E’s staff costs increased by more than 1.5 million Euro over the period, from €12,304,138 to €14,108,834.
Latifi: “Biggest change” in Williams is job security
Since Dorilton Capital purchased the Williams team partway through the 2020 season, Nicholas Latifi said that the most noticeable change was a sense of stability for team staff.
“The biggest change, I would say probably just a kind of uplift in general, in the morale and atmosphere in the team at the factory and at the track as well,” he explained.
“Specifically in the race team, I mean those few months in Covid was a very unsettling time for everyone in the team not knowing the future. Uncertainty for job security and just livelihood of a lot of the employees.
“So I think once the new owners came in and kind of stabilised the future of the team, and not only that but now bit by bit starting from the end of last year and beginning of this year, now putting big investment into the team.”
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