FIA Fórmula E – Driving the passion of the Tango
Motor racing and the tango: two of the greatest passions of Argentina. But while on the surface the two are very different, if you dig a little deeper you can see they have many things in common.
To find out more, and to see how transferable driving skills are to dancing, Formula E sent Trulli star driver Michela Cerruti and test driver in Buenos Aires Juan Manuel Lopez, to the stunning garden of the Hyatt hotel to be taught a few moves. While the tango is about improvisation and feeding off the passion of your partner, it’s still important to look right. So first off Michela slipped into an elegant black dress and feather boa, while ‘Cochito’ shifted slightly more uncomfortably into a black suit and fedora.
To set the mood Juan Pablo Güerri and Natalia Fossati – our drivers’ instructors for the night – treated us to a fine display of traditional tango. The precision of the footwork, the synchronisation of their movement, the interpretation of the passion made for a powerful and beautiful performance. But could the drivers pick up even the basics in just one, short lesson?