The second official pre-season test day of the FIA Formula E Championship has been completed with great satisfaction in the garages of most teams. After several drivers were suffering technical problems during the first day, on Friday most completed enough laps to get a good feeling of what the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is capable of.
The day was interrupted by a number of red flags. A few drivers damaged their front wings after hitting the artificial chicane. It was very unfortunate for Karun Chandhok that he was forced to park his Mahindra Racing car after there were not enough spare parts left to let the car running in the afternoon. But overall, Chandhok was satisfied how much data the team collected. The chicane has been removed for the afternoon session and as expected, lap times improved significantly.
Two teams started more or less with shakedown sessions rather than fully test drive the vehicles. TrulliGP and Dragon Racing were a bit later than the other teams to put everything in motion. Jarno Trulli took over the Drayson Racing entry recently, while Dragon Racing explained to ElectricAutosport.com that they wanted to move all necessary equipment at once and thus they’ve missed the first shakedown session early June. Not long ago, the team shipped 20 tons of material from Los Angeles to their workshop in Donington Park. It now looks well established and they completed shakedown sessions.
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Results: Lucas di Grassi drove the fastest time for Audi-Sport ABT. The Brazilian driver was running both cars while team mate Daniel Abt was on GP2 duty at Silverstone. Sebastien Buemi came less than a tenth short to put his e.dams-Renault car on top of the time sheets. Nick Heidfeld proved to be quick by setting the third best time for Venturi.
The day ended with rain and smoke coming out of Jaime Alguersuari’s Virgin Racing Formula E car. At this time it is unknown how it was caused. However, Williams Advanced Engineering confirmed that it was not related to the main battery.
More stories to follow during the next days including wireless charging, fanboost and driver interviews.