Dan Ticktum believes that any of the drivers in Components E may make it in Components 1.
The Brit was talking forward of this weekend’s Berlin E-Prix double-header, which marks the beginning of European leg of the World Championship.
The German capital follows an exhilarating previous few rounds, which included three debut races in a row for the all-electric racing sequence with the Hyderabad, Cape City and Julius Baer São Paulo E-Prix.
São Paulo featured 114 overtakes in complete and delivered essentially the most lead modifications in Components E historical past, with it altering 3 times in a single lap on two events.
That adopted the quickest lap in Components E historical past in Cape City, with Nissan’s Sacha Fenestraz averaging 154.987kph, with the sequence’ sub-Saharan African debut additionally its quickest race at a median pace of 132.199kph. It additionally means 9 races in a row – a Components E document – the polesitter has been overtaken to lose the race.
Such stats underline the competitiveness of Components E, and for Ticktum the sequence’ unparalleled unpredictability is right down to the power of its drivers.
“I feel just about each driver bar a pair may simply be in Components 1,” he stated.
“Clearly, loads of them have been there and will have been for longer.
“While you get to this degree, we’re all let’s say above 99% of essentially the most proficient, but when somebody turns up who’s 98.7% with £10m, then that helps, and so they can most likely do roughly pretty much as good a job because the man that he’s booted out.
“I really feel like Components E is likely one of the solely classes on the earth the place all drivers are paid as actual professionals and the truth that we’re all paid speaks for itself actually. There’s a good few Components 1 drivers who I don’t suppose must be there, and I feel there are different drivers in Components E who must be there as an alternative.
“After I qualify close to the again or make a small mistake, it’s like ‘nicely I’m on the again, however I’m on the again by half a tenth or no matter’. We’re all so shut, so it’s not as demeaning in the event you end at the back of Components E, in comparison with one other class.”
Ticktum has been displaying good kind this season and achieved his highest ever end in Components E in Cape City – sixth – and at the moment sits on 9 factors thus far in 2023, which is a big enchancment on the solitary level he secured in Season 8.
Watch the 2023 SABIC Berlin E-Prix stay on terrestrial tv on Channel 4 at 13:30 BST on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April.