The fifth and final pre-season test day of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has been successful and all teams looked well prepared for the inaugural race that will be held in three weeks in Beijing. While e.Dams-Renault team topped most of the time sheets, there was more news to report.
Takuma Sato stepped into the Amlin-Aguri team, Charles Pic tested for the Andretti team and Ho-Pin Tung tested for China Racing. Sato has driven for the former Formula 1 team before, now working again with familiar engineers. For Pic and Tung it wasn’t the first time they took the electric race car for a spin around the track. The Frenchman drove during simulation days and Tung tested the development car earlier in the year. The Chinese driver was happy to get back into the car again and it is likely to see him participate during a number of events.
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The day was divided into a morning and afternoon session and four simulation sessions. During each of these test runs, ten pilots drove 12 laps (25 minutes) which will be the same as half race distance. e.Dams-Renault proved to be quick, but all the teams were not running the same strategy. Some were focussed on energy efficiency, to try out new ideas, while others were running on the setup for Beijing. The official Formula E safety car was unveiled. Technology partner Qualcomm provided its wireless charging technology which has now been embedded onto the series’ course cars. It took Drayson Racing Technologies four weeks to implement the system.
Teams will now be packing. DHL will transport all the cars and equipment in the end of next week. You will discover how they will do that soon at ElectricAutosport.com. More information about the BMW i8 safety car, the BMW i3, Qualcomm Halo wireless charging and drivers quotes are to follow. Keep an eye on our twitter account too!
Results morning session:
Results simulation session 1A:
Results simulation session 1B:
Results afternoon session:
Results simulation session 2A:
Results simulation session 2B: