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Filipe Albuquerque interview to JLpress Sports

Filipe Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquer­que

Filipe Albuquer­que is, in our opin­ion, one of the best drivers of today. He really makes a dif­fer­ence in a team.

We chal­lenged a group of racing fans to make some ques­tions to Filipe Albuquer­que. Fabrice Mar­tins asked: 

FM – What team will you be run­ning this year’s Le Mans 24 hours?

FA – I have not yet con­firmed the par­ti­cip­a­tion in the 24h of Le Mans.

JLpress – Hav­ing already tested the new Ligi­er JS P217 and for the car you drove at WEC last year, what are the main dif­fer­ences between the two?

FA – The main one is the engine. It is more rotat­ing, makes 9 500rpm with 600cv and the pre­vi­ous one made 7 300rpm with 480cv. The chassis and aero­dy­nam­ic kit is also dif­fer­ent, it has more “down­for­ce” that we exper­i­enced mainly at the fast corners.

JLpress – For Cadillac, how do you rate the per­form­ance of the car at the 24-hour Daytona?

FA – It had an excel­lent per­form­ance. Who fol­lowed the race real­ized this because the fight was only between Cadillac. My car in par­tic­u­lar was very good because it even res­isted well with the wheels’ hits (laughs).

Edit­ors note: read 24H Daytona

Cadillac #5 Mustang Sampling - Joao Barbosa, Christian Fitipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque | Photo Mustang Sampling
Cadillac #5 Mus­tang Sampling – Joao Barbosa, Chris­ti­an Fitip­aldi, Filipe Albuquer­que | Pho­to Mus­tang Sampling

JLpress – We know of the interest of Adess in estab­lish­ing its fact­ory in the Lis­bon area, pla­cing Por­tugal in the restric­ted group of LMP pro­to­type build­ers. How do you see this kind of pro­jects for a coun­try like Por­tugal and for Por­tuguese motor­s­ports?

FA – If it hap­pens it would be very pos­it­ive for Por­tugal and espe­cially for Por­tuguese motor­s­ports and it would bring more invest­ment which is always wel­come.

JLpress – For­mu­la E is in its third sea­son and brings togeth­er a sig­ni­fic­ant num­ber of great drivers and brands to dis­cuss the title. In addi­tion the “Street Race” form­at is quite cur­rent and draws a lot of pub­lic. Do you con­sider going back to the mono­logues in For­mu­la E? Is it a seduct­ive pro­ject for you?

FA – At the moment I am focused on the endur­ance races and that is where I want to keep up but that does not mean that in the future it can­not be an altern­at­ive in terms of career because For­mu­la E is gain­ing its space in motor­s­port.

Filipe Albuquer­que – United Auto­sport

JLpress – Can you tell us more about what’s going to hap­pen in your 2017 sea­son?

My sports pro­gram has already been presen­ted. I will do the Amer­ic­an Cham­pi­on­ship with João Barbosa and Fit­tip­aldi and ELMS with United Auto­sports. Two cham­pi­on­ships where the goal is to reach the title.

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