Ten teams will run twenty fully electric Formula E cars at Donington Park during the first official pre-season tests this week. And the best thing is: no admission is being charged for fans wishing to attend. (only need to pre-register)
After completing a private shakedown, official pre-season testing begins on July 3 and 4 and two other days following the next week on July 9 and 10. The final test session will be held on August 19, three weeks before the season opener in Beijing on September 13.
Donington Park has been chosen for testing purposes as the new Formula E headquarters and workshops have been built there. The 44,000 ft² premises was completed mid-May, catering more than 150 staff, engineers and team personnel.
Formula E confirmed to ElectricAutosport.com that a full list of participating drivers will be revealed on July 3. Earlier this year, the organisation promised members of the ‘Drivers’ Club‘ to test drive the Spark-Renault SRT_01E during one of the official pre-running days, but it remains unclear who will drive on which day. However, the following drivers are confirmed by the teams:
|Team||Confirmed Driver 1||Confirmed driver 2||Confirmed driver 3|
|Amlin Aguri||Katherine Legge||Antonio Felix da Costa|
|Andretti Autosport*||Scott Speed||Gill de Ferran||Franck Montagny|
|Audi Sport ABT||Lucas di Grassi||Daniel Abt|
|Dragon Racing||Mike Conway||T.B.A.|
|e.dams-Renault||Nicolas Prost||Sebastien Buemi|
|Mahindra Racing||Karun Chandhok||Bruno Senna|
|TrulliGP||Jarno Trulli||Michela Cerruti|
|Venturi Formula E Team||Nick Heidfeld||Stéphane Sarrazin|
|Virgin Racing||Jaime Alguersuari||Sam Bird|
* Andretti Autosport has contracted Franck Montagny, but he won’t test.
The weather? For now it looks like you won’t need to take an umbrella with you. “Dry with good sunny spells on Thursday, turning cloudier through Friday”, predicts the BBC. And 20 to 22 degrees Celsius too.
For fans travelling by car, the circuit is located just a short drive from the M1, J23a (northbound) or J24 (southbound) and is clearly signposted. Parking will be just outside Gate 21. For those travelling by rail, the nearest train station is East Midlands Parkway with taxis available outside. The nearest airport is East Midlands, just a stone’s throw away from the circuit. Further details about how to arrive, here.
The register form to attend the public pre-season test days can be found here.
For those that have registered for tickets please print off confirmation and bring it with you on the day to exchange for a ticket to gain entry. You can do this at the ticket exchange booth located near Gate 21.