Into the deep finish. For 3 days (24, 25 and 27 October), the 11 groups participating will be capable of observe one another and gauge the work carried out by every of them through the low season.
The drivers’ market has been pretty energetic however DS Penske is likely one of the groups that has managed to maintain an unchanged line-up. And what a line-up it’s!
On the one hand, Jean-Éric Vergne, a historic participant within the collection and the one driver to have received the championship twice in 9 seasons (2018 and 2019), and on the opposite, Stoffel Vandoorne, world champion in 2022 (with Mercedes) earlier than becoming a member of DS Vehicles in its electrical journey.
This 12 months’s take a look at days in Valencia may also be a possibility for DS Penske to place its new reserve driver, Robert Shwartzman, via his paces.
The 24-year-old Russian-Israeli driver, Scuderia Ferrari’s reserve driver for the 2023 Formulation 1 season, will as soon as once more take the wheel of the DS E-TENSE FE 23, following his fifth place within the Berlin rookie take a look at final April.
“I am delighted to have the chance to drive for DS Penske once more,” stated Shwartzman.
“I just like the crew, the place everyone seems to be pleasant and welcoming. My first contact with Formulation E was actually particular in Berlin, the place I felt relaxed all day. I am very curious and I can not wait to get again behind the wheel right here in Valencia.”
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DS Vehicles DS E-TENSE FE 23
Performances to be confirmed
Because the finish of season 9 final July, all of the groups have been working tirelessly to enhance the brand new Gen 3, the electrical single-seaters launched initially of season 9.
The efficiency hole to be discovered lies primarily within the automobile’s digital and IT administration, which has been put to the take a look at through the numerous take a look at periods held over the previous few months.
These have been moments of intense work, which led to plenty of modifications, the effectiveness of which we’ll know extra about on the finish of the week.
“For the second, I do not know precisely what all of the modifications we have put in place will deliver,” stated Vergne.
“The massive unknown can also be the extent of efficiency achieved by the opposite groups over the previous few months, and the way we’ll examine with them.”
The assorted checks on the Valencia circuit will present the beginnings of a solution however is not going to permit us to ascertain a clear-cut hierarchy, because the Iberian observe doesn’t correspond to the requirements of a metropolis E-Prix.
What is definite, nonetheless, is that season 10 – the ninth for DS Vehicles – can be a hard-fought and difficult one, with third-generation electrical single-seaters in prime type.