Jack Leslie  |    17 July 2017

Pierre Gasly: Formula E debut in New York 'very positive'


Pierre Gasly says his Formula E debut in New York, filling in for the absent Sebastien Buemi, was “very positive” after scoring points in both races.

The French driver was picked to fill the vacant seat at Renault e.dams for the Brooklyn double-header, while Buemi was racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.

Gasly missed Friday’s shakedown while he was travelling to New York and struggled in qualifying on Saturday, but finished seventh in the race.

Last year’s GP2 champion then qualified fourth for Sunday’s final race, and retained his position – although he hit the wall as he took the chequered flag, while battling Nick Heidfeld.

"This weekend was very positive because it was my first experience in Formula E and I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said.

“We had a very busy schedule, especially with me arriving later on during the event. There was a lot to learn but we did great.

“We scored important points for the team. I didn’t expect to be in Super Pole after only one day spent in the car.

“Furthermore, having to learn how to manage the battery and dealing with this in addition to driving.

“It was a great opportunity to discover a new discipline and I enjoyed the challenge very much. I would like to thank the team for this great weekend and I hope they will win in Montreal.”


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