Formula E Punta del Este Race Results (Spoiler Alert) – w/videos

DEC 13 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Jean-Eric Vergne Qualifies In Pole Position

Jean-Eric Vergne Qualifies In Pole Position

Round three of the Formula E racing series is now officially in the books.

This race, the third in a series of 10, took place in Punta del Este in Uruguay, South America.

Before covering the actual race, here are the results from qualifying:

FIA Formula E Championship – Punta del Este ePrix – Qualifying

Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti, 1:15.408s
Nelson Piquet, China Racing, 1:15.530s
Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault, 1:15.722s
Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 1:15.842s
Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, 1:16.053s
Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, 1:16.108s
Jarno Trulli, Trulli, 1:16.144s
Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, 1:16.225s
Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT, 1:16.374s

Stands Are Packed

Stands Are Packed

Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, 1:16.416s
Oriol Servia, Dragon Racing, 1:16.811s
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Aguri, 1:16.865s
Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:17.025s
Antonio Garcia, China Racing, 1:17.653s
Salvador Duran, Amlin Aguri, 1:17.810s
Michela Cerruti, Trulli, 1:20.206s
Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, no time set
Jerome d’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, no time set
Matthew Brabham, Andretti, no time set
Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, disqualified

And some notes on the qualification rounds via Electric Autosport:

Jean-Eric Vergne impressed by acquiring pole position for the FIA Formula E Championship race in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The Frenchman lost his Formula 1 seat recently, but recovers quite well in the all-electric racing series. It was his first outing in Formula E, representing the Andretti outfit. He pushed for pole in the first out of four qualifying groups and even brushed the wall. Nobody was able to beat his time.

Rimac Concept_One Gets Ready For Track Duty

Rimac Concept_One Gets Ready For Track Duty

eDams Renault racing driver Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi came close to the time of Vergne but they eventually took third and fourth place as Nelson Piquet jr. improved to second in the third group.

Not only Vergne touched the wall, many drivers found it difficult to keep the car far away of slippery sand. As the track is located directly alongside the beach, sand will be an issue in the race. A few drivers became a victim, like Putrajaya race winner Sam Bird going into the wall.

Bruno Senna has been excluded from qualifying after the team was working on the car within five minutes of the start of the session.

Moving onto the Punta del Este ePrix race (Spoiler Alert)

When the green flag dropped, the action began with Nelson Piquet quickly jumping into the lead.

It took less than 8 minutes for the first wreck to occur.  Sam Bird launched his Formula E racer over the curbs.  He exited the damaged vehicle on his own.

Sam Bird Wrecks

Sam Bird Wrecks

Sam Bird wasn’t the only driver to crash.  Several others, including Senna and Brabham had an on-track mishap.

In the end, Buemi captured victory for Team e.dams Renault, though it was certainly a close finish, according to Electric Autosport:

Buemi cutting the chicane. Vergne is pushing for victory.

Buemi wins!

Piquet takes a brilliant second in front of Lucas di Grassi. Trulli drives his car home in fourth, just in front of Alguersuari and Senna. Prost takes seven.

Di Grassi leads the championship standings with 58 points. Buemi second with 40 points, Bird also 40. Prost is fourth with 24.

eDams Renault takes the lead in the teams’ championship and has gathered 64 points, two more than Audi Sport ABT. Virgin Racing has collected 54 points.

Race Results:

Race Results - Image Via Electric Autosports

Race Results – Image Via Electric Autosports

Round Three practice video:

Round Three qualification video:

Full race video:


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6 Comments on "Formula E Punta del Este Race Results (Spoiler Alert) – w/videos"

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Mikael

Great race! And I loved the design of the track. Less square and more like a traditional race track.

GeorgeS

Bravely donning his flack Jacket, and learning from his scoffed upon coverage of race 1 and 2, Eric Loveday bravely reports on race 3.

I’m writing another FCV article. I want the flack jacket back.

Geo 🙂

James

Just kind of pulling for Heidfeld. After Prost nearly killed him with that dork move on the first race in China – he’s had nothing but bad luck.

James

Anybody else notice the sound? In China, they had a creepy, hipster “E-Jay” as they called him – cranking loud tunes to keep the crowd engaged. The first two races – they mixed the sound normally and you couldn’t really hear the cars much. It was eerie and a bit – wrong, somehow. I guess we’re programmed all our lives that racecars go Vrooom.

Today, the racecourse was better, seemed more Miami/Indycar/F1-ish. Sunny weather, helicopter shots of the beach… And then, they re-mixed the sound – the electric whine of the cars was loud, and the broadcast hosts sounded like a whisper compared. I had to crank the sound just to hear them!

All in, the cars seemed faster ( maybe it was the sound? ) and the entire race felt better. Maybe next round they’ll get the right balance on the sound mix.

Mikael

The average speed of the cars were faster. Less braking down to basically standing still and more high speed curves and bends.

It also looks faster when they get to go through chican-ish turns at high speed.

It’s only the top speed and being able to go on max power that are really missing. Better batteries will hopefully cure that soon. And maybe a second car change too.

GeorgeS

I think it would be good for the author to always say who won the EARLIER races just as a little recap.

and the first race was really good as James was saying.

Why isn’t there a link to the full race??.

That’s what I liked best about the last article. 🙂