Sergio Sette Camara endured in all probability his most irritating race as a Dragon Penske Method E driver within the first a part of the London E-Prix double-header this afternoon.
And within the context of what he has needed to endure during the last two and a half seasons, which means it was a gut-wrenching narrative.
One other herculean qualifying efficiency from the Brazilian reprised his fourth place on the grid from New York Metropolis earlier this month however as soon as once more he fell dramatically within the closing levels of the race and didn’t cross the end line.
Nonetheless, the place the New York dejection was the acquainted story of restricted race tempo not matching the inherent one-lap efficiency, in London Sette Camara and the crew suffered a jumble of points that blighted the ultimate levels of a race by which he was destined to attain a minimum of two factors for ninth place however had run as excessive as third after an excellent early transfer on reigning champion Nyck de Vries’ Mercedes.
In a merciless twist Sette Camara was getting misguided totals of vitality remaining as he went into the ultimate laps after which misplaced all of his sprint information and was left “blind”. Dragon Penske has nonetheless not scored a degree this season.
“I acquired the rampdown, the system is s**t!“ fumed Sette Camara on the pit to automotive radio on the ultimate lap.
“Come on! I seem like a clown and everybody thinks I’m an fool,” he added.
After the race, whereas the pure anger had subsided, the frustration was simply as uncooked.
“It was saying I had an enormous quantity of vitality left, so there is a matter with our techniques,” he informed The Race.
“It simply ramps down. I used to be in the midst of sector three, coming into T16 and I used to be like ‘wait guys, what’s this? I nonetheless have vitality left or not?’
“We weren’t getting readings in any respect and we misplaced the sprint within the final lap and likewise the crew was blind and I didn’t know they have been blind.
“So that they, we have been a bit misplaced as to how a lot vitality the automotive had left in it, and we didn’t end the race due to that.
“The worst half was that we had a variety of hole behind so we might have slowed down the final three laps for instance, unfold that vitality deficit over these three laps and we might have completed the place we have been with out shedding any locations if we had saved.
“However as a result of we didn’t know, I stored pushing. The sprint was saying I had loads of vitality left, after which I’m powering down.”
Sette Camara refused accountable his crew for the fitful finish to the race stating that he “felt dangerous for them as a result of it’s laborious to be harsh on the engineers when there are solely 4 or 5 of them”.
Dragon Penske does work on a lot diminished engineering assets in comparison with most different groups, one thing that has been highlighted on a number of events within the Gen2 period of competitors the place it has been little greater than an also-ran.
“Often, the opposite groups, they’ve a simulation division, a race administration division, a system controls division, reliability – like, they’ve a division for the whole lot,” identified Sette Camara.
“Ours is 5 guys operating the crew operationally on each entrance.
“However truly, if it was not for them I feel we’d be in worse form.
“We have now 5 super-efficient guys working our automotive, the opposite groups have 60 engineers. It’s laborious to compete on that degree.”
This, by proxy, is hurting the notion of Sette Camara as he and team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi wrestle in most races.
Sarcastically London is the one race the place the much less vitality delicate nature of the monitor and the quantity of usable vitality supplied ought to permit the crew a fairer crack at attaining to this point elusive factors scores.
“The individuals at house [watching on TV], they don’t know and also you simply look dangerous,” Sette Camara confessed.
“I seem like a clown; I seem like a clown that had a 10-second hole and nonetheless didn’t end the race due to vitality.
“It’s undoubtedly not finest for the picture nevertheless it’s a part of it.
“What can I do? I’ve to race; I’ve to present my finest and it’s a disgrace.
“The excellent news is we’ve got one other shot tomorrow.
“Hopefully we put all of it collectively, which isn’t straightforward, after which we handle to lastly squeeze the factors.”
Sette Camara declared his earlier group qualifying and quarter-final duel laps, which arrange his life like crack at scoring Dragon Penske’s first factors of the season, as “leaving nothing on the desk” however a slight imbalance of his automotive within the semi-final bout with Stoffel Vandoorne left him feeling “a bit disillusioned” as he was defeated there.
Previous to the race Sette Camara had outpaced team-mate Giovinazzi in qualifying and had a imply begin place of 14.8 this season in comparison with the previous Alfa Romeo Method 1 driver’s 19.3.
With Dragon turning into DS’ Method E crew subsequent season and operating Vandoorne alongside Jean-Eric Vergne, each Sette Camara and Giovinazzi are set to lose their locations on the grid.
Method E TV commentator, Dario Franchitti, was unequivocal in his opinion throughout at this time’s broadcast that Sette Camara was being unfairly ignored for a possible seat within the Gen3 period of Method E.
A number of paddock specialists have provided related opinions this season, deducing that his potential with one other crew is being masked by the restrictions he faces with the Penske EV-5 he at present races.
“I really feel like if I had a fast automotive, if I had automotive I could possibly be racing with these prime guys on the identical degree and getting podiums and profitable races,” Sette Camara admitted.
“I undoubtedly do really feel like that. Hopefully within the subsequent few seasons I’ll have that shot.”