Formula E Donington Park test - Day one
September 13 is coming up and to be ready for the very first Formula E race in Beijing, all the teams are busy doing event simulation at Donington Park.
Two simulations were already conducted, from which the second one with all 40 cars (four per team) can be seen in the video below.
Organizers assembled temporary pitlane and pitboxes to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits and did full event simulations including the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test with a full standing start and the unique car change pitstops (every driver has two cars and will swap them in the middle of the race when battery will be depleted).
At the same time, tests included accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts.
As always, some issues were encountered, but the overall experience is considered as a success.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, stated
“Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation. We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we’re very pleased with how things went.”
Organizers revealed also the raceday timetable for each Formula E event, which as it turns out will takes place all in one day (this is another difference from the three-day schedule for Formula 1).
"The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – lasting 45 minutes and 30 minutes - followed by a qualifying session split into four groups of five cars with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day."
FIA Formula E Championship – Raceday timetable:
TIME ACTIVITY 08:15 - 09:00 Non qualifying practice 1 10:30 – 11:00 Non qualifying practice 2 12:00 - 12:10 Qualifying group 1 12:15 – 12:25 Qualifying group 2 12:30 – 12:40 Qualifying group 3 12:45 – 12:55 Qualifying group 4 16:00 RACE (laps depended on circuit)
On August 19 (today) scheduled is the final Formula E pre-season test at Donington Park. The event can be visited for free and according to the press release some 4,000 fans already pre-registered their interest.