Besides the shakedown of the first ten cars and promotional runs, the FIA Formula E Championship reached another milestone by running the first official pre-season test day at the British Donington Park circuit, without much troubles.

All the teams were able to put the cars on track, even Dragon Racing and TrulliGP. Both teams were, in comparison with others, slightly later to prepare for Thursday’s test. Dragon Racing ran Mike Conway and Jarno Trulli was making his second appearance (after his demo run). We also saw Michele Cerruti’s stepping into the car after the team completed building it.

All teams were exploring the capabilities of the cars, learning how the electronics work and how to handle the battery capacity. Some issues occurred. For example Katherine Legge’s car was suffering electronic problems in the morning, while Venturi couldn’t run the vehicle of Nick Heidfeld after cooling troubles in the afternoon. Some battery packs were switched too.

Nevertheless, all drivers have experienced the fully-electric single seater made by Spark Racing Technology, in close cooperation with Williams Advanced Engineering, McLaren Electronics, Renault, Dallara and Michelin. The overall feeling at the teams and drivers were optimistic. Public enjoyed it. Almost all spectators embraced the very first chance to enjoy the pit walk. Team members and mingled with the enthusiastic electric-minded audience to explain about their campaign. There will pit walks on each test day.

Recognise this electric supercar? Formula E announced that the race director will have the honour to use the Rimac Concept One, the one and only electric race monster from Croatia.

At the end of the day, the organisers simulated a ‘false start’. For the first time in history, multiple cars took off at the same time. See video: Below are the results of the first official pre-season Formula E test day at Donington Park. Sebastien Buemi was quickest for e.dams-Renault. Lucas di Grassi went to the second time overall in the Audi-Sport ABT vehicle, while Sam Bird put the Virgin Racing vehicle on place three. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing), Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) completed the first five slots of the time sheets. Yet again: timing under these initial discovering circumstances doesn’t say much. FEtest1

Tim is co-founder of and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


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