Valencia, Spain – DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT after announcing it’s long-term alliance with Bosch, scored its first podium with Bosch after only 5 races during a thrilling inaugural Valencia E-Prix. During wet conditions, the Team quickly established its strategy to focus on efficiency and energy management, relying on the skill of the drivers and engineers to react to the changing conditions on track as the rain came down and the dramatic events of the race unfolded.
With multiple caution periods, safety cars and strong pace in the wet conditions, the engineering group, led by Jay Penske, gave Nico and Sérgio strategic support to make their way through the field. While Sérgio fell victim to a competitor pushing him into a gravel trap, Nico was able to endure multiple on-track skirmishes while keeping his energy under control. The Swiss driver’s careful management, coupled with the Team’s engineering support, gave Nico the energy surplus necessary to overtake numerous cars over the last laps of the race, earning his first podium in the FIA Formula E World Championship.
On his race today, Nico said: “Starting from P22, we felt we needed a combination of strategy and chaos to make it to the front. We initially got more chaos than we wanted with a drive-thru penalty and two trips into the gravel. Fortunately, we had great pace in the wet, the car felt really good, and I managed to conserve energy while gaining places on track. That was key. In the end, we had good energy left, and my Team guided me through that race perfectly to manage our energy and be in good shape when it counted at the end.”
“It is a great reward for everyone in the Team. We deserve to celebrate a podium, and I am super happy for my teammates. We know what we have to work on to be ready for tomorrow and the rest of the season, but this was a well-deserved podium. We took all the information, and made it count.”
Jay Penske, DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Owner and Team Principal, added: “Several things fell our way today to allow us an opportunity to finish in the points. However, the Team was disciplined, reactive, and agile in its engineering, giving Nico the tools to manage his pace to achieve this well-earned podium. I am proud of everyone in the organization for seizing this opportunity and maximizing the result.
“Each member of the Team recognizes that we still have a lot of work to do to continue this momentum, score more points, and to challenge for podium positions consistently. Together with our new technical partners at Bosch, we are determined to achieve these goals. Following our performance today, I am looking forward to Round 6 of the season tomorrow and to the future results of our efforts.”