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  • Alex
  • Sam
  • Team
Q.

Are you nervous about your first full season in Formula E? And what are your expectations for the season ahead?

A.

I’m not nervous, I’m excited for the upcoming season in Formula E with DS Virgin Racing. It’s difficult to say about my expectations for the season until we’ve begun racing but I think that we have the ability to fight at the front of the championship. We’re a top team at DS Virgin Racing and we want to be fighting for the podium at every race.

Q.

Would you like to have a night race, if so where?

A.

Both Sam and myself would love to have a night race, as I believe all Formula E drivers would. London would be the perfect place to hold a night race, as an all-British line up it would be the ultimate race for us. Most of the tracks we go to would suit a night race, most the cities that we race in would look spectacular at night – imagine a Paris night race!

Q.

How difficult is it for a driver to build himself up physically and mentally for a race weekend. How do you maintain motivation?

A.

You prepare in the gym, you go through everything with your engineers and you make sure that in yourself you feel ready and that in your mind you feel ready. It’s just part and parcel of preparing properly and doing our job correctly - in the same way that a footballer will train with their club, we do everything we can pre-race to make sure we are prepared.

Q.

How difficult is it for a driver to build himself up physically and mentally for a race weekend. How do you maintain motivation?

A.

Maintaining motivation isn’t that difficult,as drivers we are already fairly motivated, especially in a championship at the level of Formula E. I’m always very prepared and geared up prior to the race weekend. Physically and mentally, I believe it comes down to personal preference, but I personally like to have a stress-free build up week to the race – I prepare by watching videos and races from previous years.

Q.

Why did you choose #36 as your racing number?

A.

Number 36 has always been my racing number, ever since I started karting, the first kart I ever drove had the number 36 on it and it’s stuck with me ever since. When I raced in Formula Renault, I drove car number 36, in chassis 36, which was a huge coincidence because the team was simply allocated that chassis number. Within that year I won 12 races, with 14 pole positions and 10 fastest laps, which equates to 36, which seems crazy – the number seems to follow me around!

Q.

What’s harder to master, regen or energy conservation while racing for position?

A.

The two come hand-in-hand, you have to regen in order to have good energy conservation however at the same time you’ve got to look after your battery temperature. When you manage the energy you’ve got to use the regen, you’ve got to use it wisely, at the right corners for the right amount of time, you’ve got to carry the right minimum speeds into the corners and you can’t use too much regen because then you overheat the battery and go slower at the end of the race. Everything needs to fit into place to be quick in Formula E.

Q.

What do you eat on race day?

A.

I’m lucky because, as one of the shorter drivers on the grid, I can eat pretty much eat what I want on race day. However, Alex must be more careful with his diet, due to his height, and has been limited to a carb-free diet in the last few months.

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