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Stéphane Sarrazin
Stephane Sarrazin
Driver Details
Nationality France French
Date of Birth 2nd November 1975[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Titles 0
Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 33 (33 Starts)
Wins Points FanBoosts
0 128 4
Poles 1
Fastest Laps 0
First Win Unknown
 

Stéphane Jean-Marc Sarrazin (born 2nd November 1975) is a French racing driver, who competed for both the Venturi Formula E Team and Techeetah during the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship.[1][2] A talented driver in his own right, Sarrazin found himself on the end of poor fortune throughout the first season of Formula E, taking 22 points and one pole position, having been a reasonably regular point scorer, a theme that the Frenchman carried through season two.[3]

Sarrazin was retained by Venturi for the 2016/17 season, scoring two points in the first half of the season.[4] However, after the 2017 Paris ePrix, Sarrazin was offered a seat in the more competitive Techeetah effort, partnering Jean-Éric Vergne for the rest of the season.[5]

By the end of 2016/17 Sarrazin had secured two podiums for Techeetah, although those efforts were not enough for the Frenchman to keep his seat.[6] He left the squad upon the arrival of André Lotterer, whose Porsche connections were thought to have played a part in his selection.[6]

BackgroundEdit

Sarrazin began his career in 1994, entering into Formula Renault and taking the championship in his native France.[1] After taking the Formula Three and Formula 3000 titles, Sarrazin got his one and only chance to drive in Formula One, replacing Luca Badoer in the 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix.[1] Sarrazin then became a test driver for various teams in Formula One between 2000 and 2003, before focusing on rallying.[1] Sarrazin then entered endurance racing in 2006, ultimately competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans numerous times for Peugeot and Toyota after 2007.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Sarrazinn competed alongside Nick Heidfeld for the Venturi Formula E Team in the inaugural 2014/15 Formula E Championship.[1] Although not as fast as his team mate, Sarrazin was more reliable at taking points, although by the halfway stage of the season, team mate Heidfeld was ahead in the overall standings. Accidents in Punta del Este and Miami cost Sarrazin valuable points, and both worked in favour of Heidfeld.[7][8]

Sarrazin scored tenth place at the 2015 Long Beach ePrix, before the European leg of the season saw him finally improve his point return compared to Heidfeld. Seventh in Monaco was beaten by sixth at the 2015 Berlin ePrix, where Sarrazin had been on the pace of team mate Heidfeld, and the race leaders, throughout.[9] His season ended relatively strongly too, with points in both London ePrix, including pole position in the season ending 2015 London ePrix II.[3]

Valiant with VenturiEdit

For the second season of Formula E, Venturi partnered Sarrazin with ex-Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian getting his first taste of the Championship at the 2015 Donington Test.[10] Having got the better of a relatively inexperienced Villeneuve during testing, Sarrazin secured his first points of the season by finishing ninth at the season opening Beijing ePrix.[11] After following this up with an excellent fourth place finish in the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, Sarrazin found himself with a new teammate at the turn of the year, as Mike Conway replaced a frustrated Villeneuve.[12]

Backed by one of his Toyota Racing colleagues from the World Endurance Championship, Sarrazin once again pushed on, claiming another fourth place at the 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix.[13] Two rounds later, and Sarrazin found himself standing on the podium, having battled through a punishing 2016 Long Beach ePrix to claim second, beating title pretender Sébastien Buemi.[14] That result proved to be the highlight of the season for Sarrazin, as he achieved three more points finishes to end the season in sixth place overall.

Monégasque MusingsEdit

Venturi opted to retain Sarrazin as their lead driver for the 2016/17 season, partnering him with experienced German racer Maro Engel.[4] The 2016 Donington Test saw Sarrazin once again outclass his teammate, although the Venturi package seemed to be among the slower of those set to be shipped to Hong Kong for the season opener.

It was a fairly good start to the season for Sarrazin, the Frenchman securing his first point of the season despite slipping behind new teammate Engel in the race.[15] That was as good as it would get for Sarrazin, however, with the Frenchman failing to score in the next four races, largely due to the lack of pace in the Venturi machine. Indeed, Sarrazin would have to wait until his home race in Paris to add to his tally, matching his tenth place finish in the closing stages.[16]

However, Sarrazin seemed to have been gifted an out for his poor pace after the Paris ePrix, as Techeetah offered him a seat in their second pair of cars, having just seen Esteban Gutiérrez abandon them for IndyCar.[5] The Frenchman was therefore partnered with countryman Jean-Éric Vergne for the rest of the season, in a car that had won five of the first six races of the season. However, it would take Sarrazin time to get used to his new surroundings, and so there was little surprise that he failed to score in either of the Berlin ePrix.

Fortunately for Sarrazin the month break between Berlin and New York allowed the Frenchman to spend time with the team and car, meaning he arrived in the "Big Apple" in a far stronger position.[17] Indeed, it would be a strong weekend for the Frenchman as he swept to third in the race, despite having to start outside of the top ten.[17] He was unable to repeat his efforts in the second ePrix of the weekend, but Techeetah were more than satisfied with his performance the previous day.[17]

Sarrazin would repeat his podium feat in the first Montreal ePrix, sharing the podium with teammate Vergne as both fought for victory.[18] The season finale would not see Sarrazin match his feat, finishing down in eighth as teammate Vergne won, although that result did secure the Frenchman a top ten spot in the final standings.[19]

After the season was over rumours would circulate about the Techeetah team's future driver line-up, with Sarrazin seemed destined to leave the team. Ultimately, rumour proved true, with André Lotterer drafted in to replace the Frenchman, leaving Sarrazin without a drive for 2017/18.[6]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Stéphane Sarrazin's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Stéphane Sarrazin during their FE career:

Stéphane Sarrazin's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 30 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 14th 22
2015/16 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 4 Venturi VM200-FE-01 6th 70
2016/17 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 4 Venturi VM200-FE-02 10th 36
People's Republic of China Techeetah 33 Renault Z.E. 16

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Stéphane Sarrazin's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 14th 22
9th 12th Ret 10th Ret 10th 7th 6th 14th 10th 15th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 6th 70
9th 4th 9th 4th 9th 2nd 5th 10th CAN 12th 5th
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 10th 36
10th 12th 12th 15th 15th 10th 12th 14th 3rd 12th 3rd 8th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 'Drivers' Club: Stephane Sarrazin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/st%C3%A9phane-sarrazin.aspx, (Accessed 05/07/2015)
  2. 'Nick Heidfeld & Stéphane Sarrazin to drive for Venturi in Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/06/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/june/nick-heidfeld-stephane-sarrazin-to-drive-for-venturi-in-formula-e.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Sarrazin takes pole in mixed conditions', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/sarrazin-takes-pole-in-mixed-conditions.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'SARRAZIN STAYS AT VENTURI FOR SEASON THREE', e-racing.net, (e-Racing, 07/07/2016), http://www.e-racing.net/2016/07/07/sarrazin-stays-at-venturi-for-season-three/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Sarrazin to TECHEETAH, Dillmann joins Venturi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/sarrazin-to-techeetah-dillmann-joins-venturi/, (Accessed 03/06/2017)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Lotterer and Vergne complete TECHEETAH line-up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/lotterer-and-vergne-complete-techeetah-line-up/, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
  7. 'Da Costa wins spectacular Buenos Aires ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/01/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/january/antonio-felix-da-costa-wins-chaotic-buenos-aires-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  8. 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015) http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  9. 'Di Grassi flies to Tempelhof win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/di-grassi-wins-in-berlin-to-extend-title-lead.aspx, (Accessed 23/05/2015)
  10. 'Jacques Villeneuve signs for Venturi alongside Sarrazin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/jacques-villeneuve-signs-for-venturi-alongside-sarraz.aspx, (Accessed 08/08/2015)
  11. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  12. 'Conway to race for Venturi in Argentina', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/01/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/january/mike-conway-to-race-for-venturi-in-buenos-aires.aspx, (Accessed 23/01/2016)
  13. 'Bird holds off Buemi for BA win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/02/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/february/bird-holds-off-buemi-for-ba-win.aspx, (Accessed 22/03/2016)
  14. 'Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-s-shoreline-sensation/, (Accessed 03/04/2016)
  15. 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/buemi-holds-on-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
  16. 'Buemi hands Renault e.dams emotional Paris win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/buemi-hands-renault-edams-emotional-paris-win/, (Accessed 21/05/2017)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 'Bird soars to historic Qualcomm New York City ePrix win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-soars-to-historic-qualcomm-new-york-city-eprix-win/, (Accessed 18/07/2017)
  18. 'Di Grassi wins, Buemi disqualified', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/di-grassi-wins-buemi-disqualified/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  19. 'Vergne victorious, Di Grassi wins title', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/vergne-victorious-di-grassi-wins-title/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)

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