Romeo Ferraris have praised new signing Jean-Karl Vernay for the way he’s embedded himself within the team during the development phase of the Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR that will compete in PURE ETCR.
Vernay was recently announced as the first PURE ETCR driver for the Italian constructor’s programme, which is in addition to the race seat he holds in the Ferraris-built, Team Mulsanne-run Alfa Romeo Giulietta in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Operations Director Michela Cerruti singled out the ease with which the Frenchman has integrated himself into the Milan-based squad to pay tribute to the contribution he’s made so far.
“Jean-Karl was immediately at ease with our team and the personnel that works from home, who are all directly involved with the design and development of the Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR,” Cerruti said.
“I am very happy he’s part of our plans concerning electric racing”
The Giulia ETCR, which has not yet begun its test programme, will be one of the most powerful touring cars ever built with its power unit producing 500kW energy, the equivalent of 670bhp.
And Vernay, who has never raced an electric car before, said he was thrilled at the prospect of developing the new rear-wheel-drive racecar from scratch.
“I think developing a car is one of my strengths as a driver, so being able to be involved in this programme with Romeo Ferraris – right at the very start – is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” he told PURE Talk, presented by Goodyear.
“It’s an interesting step forward in my career as this level of responsibility is not something I’ve had before.”
Vernay said the settling-in process had not been at all difficult and that he’d been impressed by the Romeo Ferraris team and its design and engineering processes.
“My fiancee is Italian so I’d already done courses to learn the language and, although it took a long time, I’m now fluent and that’s meant there’s one big barrier removed with the team.
“Obviously coming from a Belgian team [WRT], it’s very different. Romeo Ferraris is a smaller structure, so I knew they’d need me to be more involved in all the technical things and set-ups. It’s going well so far.”