La Formula E starts in a few hours in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, his sixth championship. Unlike the last three seasons, the electric category will not have the presence of an Argentine pilot since Jose Maria Lopez, who ran for DS Virgin y Dragon racing, decided to abandon it at the end of the last contest. This absence, however, is something that several of the protagonists of the specialty regret.
One of them is the Brazilian Felipe Massa, who built a good relationship with López. “I feel that Pechito is a friend, a fantastic driver and a very nice person. It will not be nice not to have him in the championship, but I hope the best for him in the WEC and in other championships that he wants to do. I still hope to see him again in Formula E in the future ”said the former Formula 1.
For its part, English Sam bird, who was a teammate of Cordoba in the 2016/17 season at DS Virgin and a tough rival, said: “It is a pity that he is not here. He is a good person, friendly and funny, but also very talented and very fast, so it is a pity that he is not here. I hope he returns to the championship sooner rather than later ”.
The German Maximilian gunther, who shared a garage with López at Dragon Racing last season and is now a BMW Andretti driver, assured that he learned a lot alongside the Cordovan and wished him victory in the next edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “I really miss it. Together we had a great year, I enjoyed it. In terms of humanity, he is a very good person and, of course, as a pilot I could learn a lot from his experience. I wish him all the best for his future in LMP1 with Toyota and I hope he can win the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year. " he assured.
Finally, the situation Sébastien Buemi With López it is different since he will still see him in the World Endurance Championship, where they share the official Toyota team, but the Swiss indicated that it is negative for Formula E not to have a driver like López on the starting grid.
“I can see Pechito every month with Toyota as we race together in the WEC. He is a great talent, he has shown a lot of pace and speed and not having him in the championship is bad. Basically, this is bad news. I just hope that somehow he finds a way to return because he deserves to be here ”, said.
Undoubtedly, these words are a great recognition for Pechito, who when he had a good mechanical environment has always stood out in the electrical division.