In the run up to the return of Formula E, Last-Lap is looking at every team and analysing their lineup, their livery and their chances in 2021.
Even though we are unsure about the start of the FE season, we are continuing with our previews. We should have more news in the first week of January about the calendar after Santiago was postponed just before Christmas.
Read part one in the series about NIO333 here;
Dragon Penske had a very turbulent Season 6 in Formula E. They started with a whole new driver lineup with Brendon Hartley and Nico Mueller taking the reins from the very quick Jose Maria Lopez and Max Guenther.
They struggled to really get off the mark and only scored 2 points, which came from other’s penalties, in race 1. During the break between the scheduled season and the Berlin finale they parted ways with Hartley bringing in Sergio Sette Camara to the race seat for the final six races.
Dragon Penske want a more measured team environment for Season 7 and in doing so have kept the same driver lineup with Mueller and Sette Camara as they hope to have a more successful season.
Nico Mueller is hot property at the moment. He was signed officially very late to the team but that doesn’t dim his brilliant 2020. He fought hard with René Rast for the DTM title, eventually finishing second and earning himself 21st in Autosport’s top 50 drivers of the year.
His first FE season last year was patchy, highs included Mexico qualifying where he placed seventh but the machinery got in the way so hopefully with more understanding of the car in 2021 more results can come to Mueller.
Mueller said: “I am very much looking forward to my second season with Dragon Penske. We have shown on multiple instances that the potential is there, and in our second season, we want to convert this into the results we know we all deserve. The whole Team is very hungry for it, and we will never stop pushing and improving ourselves. I embrace the attitude everyone in the Team has, we never give up even in the tougher times as we fight the biggest names in this Championship.”
Sergio Sette Camara joined Formula E after a strong rookie test in February endeared him to the team. His Formula E experience is purely two weeks long which is an excellent baptism of fire. The ever changing track conditions in FE are hard to get a handle on so a consistently changing track would be very good learning. A full season is just reward for a good start to his career.
“My target is to bring the best result possible after each race, to have a steep learning curve in the series, & to enjoy my time with the Dragon Penske crew! It is my goal to grow with the Team and continue with the positive momentum we started together in Berlin, to consistently compete for points this season.” said Sette Camara on his announcement.
Oooh yes. This is funky.
More cars should be this shiny! IT’S SO SHINY!
Shiny is good. Enough said.
How will Season 7 go?
It’s not hard to do much better than Season 6 for Dragon Penske. 2 points from a driver they parted ways with means this season is an entirely clean slate.
The wish to take the spoils is going to be larger than ever as Formula E becomes a world championship for the first time and Dragon Penske will be pushing harder than ever.
Testing in Valencia has gone well. On the final day they were second and third fastest which is hugely promising considering the BMWs have topped testing in the past two years and have won races almost immediately. But testing is obviously very unrepresentative. Not just is everyone running entirely different programmes, Valencia as a racetrack is nothing like the street surfaces that dominate FE.
Dragon Penske will be hoping to have made a massive step and with such a close field their operations need to be slicker than ever to get the jump on the other equally professional outfits they’re competing against.