21 Nov 14

Da Costa excited to make Formula E debut

Speaking in the official pre-race press conference, the works BMW DTM driver said: “I was a spectator during the first race and managed to watch the race at the DTM track as it was delayed due to fog and the reaction was really good so I’m looking forward to driving myself.

“I wasn’t pushing too hard on the FanBoost actually until one morning when I just felt like it… I offered to give away my race gloves from the event here so let’s see if it pays off!”

Race one winner Lucas di Grassi was also there and reckons the weather in Malaysia could be a deciding factor in the race.

“Well to drive in the dry is already very tricky but if we have rain like we did yesterday then for sure there won’t be any race… maybe if I had a jet ski or something,” he joked. “If it’s wet the only worry is the painted lines on the track.”

New driver representative Karun Chandhok performed the track inspection on Thursday and was pleased with what he saw.

“It’s nice to be in Malaysia,” he said. “I think Simon Gibbons and his team have done a very nice job with the circuit layout, it’s got a lot of character, every corner has a different camber change – I don’t know if it was on purpose but they’ve managed to give us some jumps and bumps and everything in every braking zone. It’s going to be quite an adventure.”

After missing the final round of the AutoGP series in order to have an operation, Michela Cerruti says she’s fit and raring to go on Saturday.

“My recent back operation went well. It was nothing too serious and I needed some time to recover but all is ok now. Yesterday we met students from the local university who already knew a lot about Formula E. They represent the future, the new generation that Formula E wants to attract – and of course I asked them to vote for me on FanBoost!”

After their last-lap, last-corner crash Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost expressed their desire to draw a line under the incident and to look forward not back.

“Everything has been said about the crash and we’ve moved on,” said Venturi’s Heidfeld. "We’re team-mates in WEC and since Beijing we’ve done four races together, so it feels like a really long time ago.”

e.dams-Renault’s Prost added: “I understand I was responsible and I’ve apologised. I’m really happy he is OK, so let’s move on and not talk about it forever.”