MS Amlin Andretti is hoping that home advantage will earn them a change of luck as the Formula E Championship heads to New York this weekend. The US-headquartered team has endured a difficult season, but team principal Roger Griffiths is hoping for change of fortune.
He said: “The season been challenging and frustrating, it started well and then through a combination of bad luck, incidents and mistakes we are not where we wanted to be. It hasn’t caused us to lose focus and, if anything, everyone is working harder (and smarter). But the results are not showing. But it doesn’t mean we don’t stop trying.
“The new developments we have continually introduced have improved the performance of the car on a race by race basis; the engineering team continues to develop in its capabilities and the cars have always been immaculately prepared by our mechanics.
“Certainly there is more focus on us in New York – we have a busy schedule across the board with a variety of activities outside of the race!”
The New York City ePrix will be the first FIA-sanctioned motorsports event to take place in any of the five boroughs of New York City in modern history. The 1.95 kilometre circuit, which features 10 turns, winds through the waterfront neighbourhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn and features stunning views of the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
MS Amlin Andretti driver Antonio Felix da Costa said: “To be the first FIA series to race in New York City is going to be amazing and the track layout looks really cool. We are going to be racing in a central part of New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world! To have a motorsports race, especially with Formula E, where we are part of the innovation of all the electric powertrains in the world, we will create awareness for all the people that have had question marks about this.”
And Roger Griffiths added: “It is a new track in New York so we don’t really know what that will mean from a car performance perspective – typically our drivers are quick to learn the new tracks; the double header format is always a challenge from a work intensity perspective and the revised schedule and increased race length on Sunday is something new. The typical NYC summer weather could play into the mix with hot/humid temperatures that would make battery management more challenging.”
The team will be sporting a new logo in New York. The new livery design features the original MS Amlin Andretti livery being peeled away to reveal the logo of MS&AD, so sending the message that behind MS Amlin lies the power and strength of Japanese insurance giant, MS&AD.