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Formula E

Cassidy capitalising on seven-week break

Formula E championship leader Nick Cassidy is using the current break ahead of the São Paulo E-Prix to his advantage.

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Nick Cassidy has settled into the factory Jaguar fold majestically this year, with the Kiwi having claimed a podium in all three races so far this season.

The Kiwi's switch from Envision to Jaguar has been faultless to-date, as proven by the fact he boasts an 19-point lead in the Drivers' Championship. On top of that, Jaguar sit comfortably at the top of the Constructors' Championship.

Considering that Cassidy finished third in Mexico City, third in the first race in Diriyah and then on top of the rostrum in the second race in the Middle East, it's easy to see why he leads the championship.

Across the three rounds, Cassidy built significant momentum, courtesy of being the most consistent driver by some margin. However, as a result of the Hyderabad E-Prix being cancelled, Formula E is almost four weeks in to what is a seven-week break ahead of the São Paulo E-Prix.

It's a far from ideal situation as it's stopped the New Zealander from continuing to build his momentum.

With that in mind, RacingNews365 asked Cassidy during a roundtable if the seven-week break had killed all momentum.

"It's a bit of a strange one," said Cassidy. "But I feel like it's also an opportunity for us to keep working on development and any points of focus from the first couple of races, obviously, results wise, it's been perfect.

"I would say, it's very hard to achieve this run in Formula E, so that's been great. But in terms of set up, controls, on systems and procedures, there's always things we want to do better. So being a new relationship, it's given an opportunity to review that, and to try and improve.

"In a way I felt kind of similar with the off-season last year, where I felt like I had a lot of momentum at the end of last year's championship, and I felt really good when we finished in London.

"So I was almost wanting season 10 to start straight away. And I'm happy that I've kind of picked up on a similar note, but it's certainly not going to be easy to continue like this, that's for sure."

'It's just been unfortunate'

The cancellation of the race in Hyderabad – which would've taken place last week – had absolutely nothing to do with Formula E, who did all they could to ensure that the event wasn't cancelled.

A seven-week break is far from ideal as it does break up the championship somewhat, something which is frustrating for some drivers. Cassidy doesn't completely view it this way and recognises that a lot of work went into trying to make the race in India happen.

"In a way but look, I think we all understand the situation," insisted Cassidy. "It's no one's intention. We obviously had a great calendar and it was super disappointing to miss India because I think with that, you know we had that flow.

"So I think everyone's got the championship's best wishes and best interests at heart, and we wanted to be in India. It's just been unfortunate, so that's part of the game."

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