Joel Eriksson accumulated fresh experience in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship this weekend at the ABB New York City E-Prix, finishing both races at the Brooklyn street track.
Eriksson returned to Formula E action with DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT after making his debut in the series with two solid finishes in the Puebla E-Prix double-header last month.
On his second appearance in the all-electric championship, the Swedish ex-DTM race winner arrived in New York City aiming to build on the lessons learned last time out in Mexico.
Eriksson got proceedings off to a promising start with P6 in opening practice, and then took a measured approach in Race 1 to finish 17th among the 24 cars in the Saturday opening encounter, as the lead DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT driver.
For Sunday’s Race 2, Eriksson had qualified a respectable 15th on the grid – despite not getting a 235 kW lap in during preceding practice, leaving him with references from just a single 250 kW attempt heading into qualifying.
In the race itself, Eriksson ran on the fringes of the points-paying positions in the early stages. However, the 23-year-old ran into double trouble when first a rival driver hit him hard from behind, damaging the diffuser of his PENSKE EV-5, and then a technical issue caused a drive-through penalty for inadvertent power overuse during a Full Course Yellow situation.
As it was, Eriksson dropped down the order to eventually finish 22nd.
“It wasn’t the easiest of weekends,” says Joel Eriksson. “A few struggles here and there, notably with the front brakes which seemed to haunt us throughout the weekend, and then that second race went away from us after we damaged the diffuser and also a rear tyre when somebody hit us from behind. We still came back with some quite competitive lap times in the last quarter of the race, so we can be fairly pleased with that given the state we were in at that point.”
Despite the setbacks in Race 2, Eriksson felt the overarching emotion was one of optimism as he continued to gain valuable experience by once again finishing both of the weekend’s races.
“It has been great to race here in New York,” Joel Eriksson concludes. “I find it incredibly impressive by Formula E to put an event like this together, in this particular city, despite everything the world has been through in the last year. It really says a lot.
“On my part, I’m here to learn and I feel like I’m definitely doing just that all the time. We finished both races again this weekend, so it’s a 100 % rate so far, and hopefully I will get the chance to build on this again with the guys before too long.”
The next round of Formula E takes place in London, UK, on 24-25 July. More information on the exact nature of Joel Eriksson’s role at the event will follow in due course.
ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
ABB New York City E-Prix (USA)
Joel Eriksson: P17
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Joel Eriksson: P22
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