Formula E – Onboard Lap At Donington Park (Video)
Formula E teams had this month a chance to test Spark-Renault SRT_01E racers at Donington Park circuit (slightly modified).
The shakedown session was performed in wet track conditions.
While the first official Formula E tests are scheduled for July with free access to members of the public (pre-registrations needed), let’s see what some team members thought of their first try on the track and let’s watch the video while we’re at it too:
Rob Arnott, Team Manager at Andretti Autosport, stated:
“The car has run exceptionally well for us, almost like clockwork. We’ve had virtually no issues which say a lot for a car straight out of the box and Franck [Montagny] has been really surprised with the car and its balance, especially in the wet. I was concerned the tyres wouldn’t be able to cope being a ‘one-stop-shop’ so to speak but they are very impressive and a good compound. Tomorrow we’ll debrief and analysis the data but it’s apparent battery management is going to be key.”
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal at Mahindra, remarked:
“We’ve had a few teething issues today but overall it’s been very positive. The drivers have enjoyed it and Bruno [Senna] had a big smile on his face the first time he got out of the car. We have a great team using the experience of the successful Carlin outfit so now we need to convert them from petrol heads to ‘spark heads’!”
Nicolas Mauduit, Team Manager at Venturi Automobiles, commented:
“Overall it’s been a very good day learning the car and running a mixture of low and medium power setups. We’ll go away now and look over the data and get to grips with the car better as well as look in more detail about the regeneration system and improving battery life.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, added:
“Today has been a proud moment for everyone involved in the FIA Formula E Championship. To have the teams running their cars for the first time is very special to see – and hear – and it’s fantastic to watch the championship becoming a reality. This is the beginning of a new era of motorsport.”