The drivers may get all the attention, but Jérôme D’Ambrosio wants fans to know auto racing is a team sport.
“Collaboration and teamwork is one of the most important things in racing,” says the Belgian driver, who’s achieved victories for Formula E team Faraday Future Dragon Racing at the 2015 Berlin ePrix and the 2016 Mexico City ePrix. “I mean, people see racing as this one guy sitting in the car and winning the race. And often we say, ‘So-and-so won the race.’ But it’s probably the biggest team sport in the world.”
His fellow Dragon Racing driver, Frenchman Loïc Duval, agrees.
“Nothing would happen with only one person,” says Duval, who in 2013 was part of the team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He lists some of the people who contribute to every race: mechanics, engineers, drivers, team owners. And then there are the sponsors: “A company like ArgoGlobal, you know, it’s really nice for us to see that they are interested in what we do,” Duval says. “They help us achieve our goals.”
It’s the shared values of teamwork, innovation and a focus on sustainability that initially drew Argo to Formula E, the electric street racing series that’s now in its third season. Earlier this year, Argo announced its sponsorship of Faraday Future Dragon Racing, the Formula E team founded by Jay Penske.
Here, drivers D’Ambrosio and Duval talk about the differences in driving gas-powered and electric-powered racecars; the meaning of teamwork; and why there’s such a strong connection between Faraday Future Dragon Racing and Argo.