Trulli: It feels like a proper Formula 1 car
26 March 2014 – Former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli has given the new Formula E car top marks following his recent run in the machine at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi in France.
The Italian, who raced at the pinnacle of the sport from 1997 to 2011, winning the Monaco Grand Prix in 2004 as well as taking ten other podiums finishes, spent a day at the wheel of the fully electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and at the end was clearly won over.
“From inside the cockpit it feels like driving a proper Formula 1 car, the sound is different but you still hear the sound of the electrical engine and gearbox, so in terms of feeling it’s perfect for a racing driver,” he told the official Formula E website. “Maybe from the outside it seems different but inside you don’t notice it. So far I have enjoyed it because it’s a nice car to drive."
“As a first day I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing. I have been racing for 30 years, 15 in Formula 1, so I have seen more or less everything so I anticipated finding something unlike anything else but it gave me the same feeling of the old days,” he continued.
“There is a lot of potential in this series and it is going to be fun,” added the ex-Renault and Toyota F1 man, who last week signed up to the Formula E Championship’s Drivers’ Club.
The Formula E cars are now due to go into production ‘shortly’ with the first cars expected to be delivered to the Championship’s new Donington Park headquarters in mid-May.