Jean-Paul Driot's cars have won numerous titles in F3000, A1GP, GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5. (Photo courtesy fiaformulae.com)
DAMS founder Jean-Paul Driot and four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost will be heading the French-based e.dams team during the inaugural season in Formula E.
The season will be broadcast LIVE exclusively on FOX Sports 1 all season long beginning in Beijing, China on September 19.
"Everyone in this championship will start almost from scratch," explains Driot in an interview with fiaformulae.com. "It’s a real challenge for us and we have a very humble approach.
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"We first have to adapt to a new racing car with innovative technical solutions such as the electric powertrain. Also the new format of racing in which you have only one day with free practice and qualifying sessions in the morning and the race in the afternoon."
These are challenges that all ten teams in the Formula E garage will have to face, as many of the team managers and drivers have yet to have their hands on the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.
"The car looks very promising. It’s already managed to do over 2,500 kilometers without major problems, which is already quite an achievement for such an innovative vehicle," continues Driot. "The first car will be delivered in May and we are really looking forward to testing it and getting the first feedback from our drivers."
e.dams, along with every team in the garage bar the Audi Sport Abt Team, has yet to announce either of their two drivers.
"We’re not focused on French racers in particular," said Driot. "We’re looking for fast, experienced guys with a good technical background in order to help the team understand the car.
"Taking into account the one day format, we believe that the feedback from the drivers will be a key element for success in this championship."