Hong Kong E-Prix Race 2 Notes & Quotes

| Team: MS & AD Andretti| Car: ATEC-02|| Photographer: Shivraj Gohil| Event: Hong Kong ePrix| Circuit: Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit| Location: Hong Kong| Series: FIA Formula E| Season: 2017-2018| Country: China|
  • For a second-day in a row, Kamui Kobayashi was awarded FanBoost.
  • Technical issues with the timing lights caused the 45-lap race to be started behind the safety car, totaling an additional lap of track time before going green.
  • Antonio Felix da Costa qualified seventh for Round 2, and took the grid in sixth following a 10-place grid penalty assigned to Sam Bird. Making his 31st career Formula E start, da Costa drove a stunning first stint, making his way to fourth with his eyes on the podium.  Though timing of the car change was quick, da Costa’s second car suffered a delay on launch, resulting in a 20 second loss track position. After a power-cycle, the No. 28 MS&AD Andretti returned to the track in P14. From here it was difficult for da Costa to make his way back through the field. He crossed the finish line 12th.
  • Kamui Kobayashi started his second Formula E race from the 16th position after taking podium honors in the E-Race earlier in the day. With a growing knowledge of the all-electric racing technology and a better feeling for the car, the Japanese driver again drove a clean race, holding his position up to the car change. With an issue of similar fashion as his teammate da Costa, the No. 27 MS&AD Andretti car was delayed on launch, costing a drop to P19 upon pit exit. Kobayashi finished the day in 18th.    

What They’re Saying

“We’re really disappointed in the way the race unfolded today. In the first stint, for Antonio, we really felt we were on to something. The car was running extremely well. We were saving energy, we were matching the lap times to the guys ahead of us and yet we were going a lap longer. We came in from the lead of the race into the pits and expected everything to go to plan, but we had a problem with the car leaving the garage – at this stage we don’t know what the problem is. The feeling in the garage right now is that we lost a strong podium. To finish the weekend in the manner we have is extremely disappointing. We have a lot of work to do this evening to find out what happened, but the team will pick itself up and we’ll come back stronger for Marrakesh. I just wish we’d come away from Hong Kong with a stronger finish and more points.”

“It was a disappointing end to what was looking to be a very, very promising race. We had a good qualifying today and got ourselves starting on the third row in P6. After the first lap, we were fifth and then made a good move on Lynn for P4. We managed to be very, very good on energy saving – went a lap longer than everyone. We were going to have a strong second stint, then we came in for the pit stop. Unfortunately, after the pit stop when I got into the second car, I switched the car on and everything was fine. Then I went to leave and the car went into a software fault – we still don’t know what it is. We lost 20 seconds and the finished the race 28 seconds behind the leader. We would have been very, very close as I had to fight a lot on the second stint. I think at least P2 would have been ours so it’s very disappointing to finish 12th. We’ll figure out what happened and come back ready for Marrakesh.”

Antonio Felix da Costa
No. 28 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003

“It’s a bit of a shame – we couldn’t do much today with pace and placement on track. I think my second race was much better, but there’s still things to improve. It was a bit tough without practice coming here, but this was a great experience. It was good to work with Andretti, I enjoyed myself and am thankful to the team and the fans.”

Kamui Kobayashi
No. 27 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003

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