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Formula E completes full event simulation ahead of first ever race

Formula E has completed two full event simulations as the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on September 13.

Both events took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.

During the second simulation, for the first time, the 10 teams ran all four of their cars – completing the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and endurance test scheduled to make up the races.

This also enabled all of the teams and drivers to simulate the unique car change pitstops – and, during the second simulation, a full standing start.

A number of issues were encountered – the precise reason for running the simulation – but, overall, the events were considered to be a success.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, says: “Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation. We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to be a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we’re very pleased with how things went.”

Organizers have also revealed the timetable for each Formula E event, which takes place in a single day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – one of 45 minutes and one of 30 minutes – followed by a qualifying session, split into four groups of five cars, with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day.

The final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 19, with free admission to the public. Some 4,000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.

13 August 2014


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