The ten Formula E teams, including the eight constructors, tested their new upgrades on the Donington Park circuit for the first time during a collective test. All the teams were focussed on completing their programmes rather than setting the fastest time. Most of them ran trouble free, but some have a lot of work to do.
After the news on Friday that Jacques Villeneuve signed for Venturi, replacing Nick Heidfeld, it was unknown where the German racer would go to. Mahindra racing announced in the morning that Heidfeld will partner Bruno Senna. The reason why the former Formula 1 star changed teams will follow later on ElectricAutosport.com.
Next to the regular Formula E drivers, Tom Dillmann tested for the Aguri team while Oliver Turvey received another chance at NEXTEV Team China Racing after having impressed the team during the London finale.
Jarno Trulli was about to make a track debut with the Motomatica powertrain, but got very troubled and could not complete a lap. Also Simona de Silvestro stayed in the pit box. The Amlin Aguri car was troubled by software issues. After completing five test days prior to today, the team will have only five days remaining.
Best time of the day was set by Sebastien Buemi, but the time was still one second slower than the best time set in testing ahead of season one. Lucas di Grassi was ranked second, ahead of Nico Prost.
Testing resumes on Tuesday from 9 AM.
Photos by Casper Bekking