Courtesy Andretti Autosport
6 June 2015-Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Justin Wilson joined the Formula E team in Moscow and made a solid debut performance. The Briton closed the top 10 to bring home another valuable point for the team at the end of the eighth round of the all-electric racing series.
Set in the heart of Russia’s capital city, the 2.29km anti-clockwise street circuit ran alongside the Moskva River and took in the stunning sights of Staraya Square, Red Square, the Moscow Gostiny Dvor, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. Featuring 13 corners comprising a series of quick bends, 90-degree turns and sharp hairpins, it provided all the thrills and spills it had promised in front of a capacity crowd.
Justin Wilson, No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT_01E
• Qualified in P12 from Group One
• Finished his maiden ePrix race in the points in P10
“I had a lot of fun! It was an interesting race, battling with some of the guys, Jarno Trulli in particular. I passed him once, but found myself stuck behind him again, so that was a little frustrating, but in the end Duval lunged to get by me and hit Jarno, taking them both out, so I got by. I really like the car – the grip, the aero and the power is all scaled just like in Indycar or F1, and the tracks are a little bit tighter, so it still feels like the right speed. I think that the series is definitely going in the right direction and I’d like to do more races in Formula E.”
Roger Griffiths, Co-Team Principal, Andretti Formula-E Team
“I feel that we made genuine progress this weekend with car setup, achieving our third pole for JEV. We still need to work on race performance as we appear to be missing something here and we were unlucky not to have been on the podium due to a questionable move on last lap. However, we were very pleased to welcome Justin (Wilson) to our Formula E Team; he adapted very quickly to the car and his feedback has been extremely helpful.
“Overall we were very impressed with the event here in Moscow; an incredible location and with such an exciting race track for the drivers. We would like to thank everyone involved with the organisation of the race and we now look forward to the season finale in London.”