Buemi Leads Formula E’s Last Test Session

Sebastien Buemi of e.dams-Renault set the fastest time on the FIA Formula E Championship final day of pre-season testing at Donington Park.

This last round of testing was held ahead of the opening round of the all-electric in Beijing on September 13.

The Swiss driver set a lap of 1:31.792 seconds to top the timesheets over three-tenths clear of his team-mate Nicolas Prost, during a day where the 10 teams focused their attention on race simulations, said Formula E.

Buemi, who has now led four of the five pre-season tests, was the early pacesetter clocking a 1:32.519 seconds, edging out Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird and Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio in the morning session.

Meanwhile, Bruno Senna ended the day fourth fastest for Mahindra Racing ahead of Bird, ahead of Audi Sport Abt’s Lucas di Grassi into sixth place. Karun Chandhok finished seventh for Mahindra Raching ahead of d’Ambrosio and Venturi’s Stephane Sarrazin. Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top 10 in the second Venturi car, with all 10 within less than a second.

“We’re really happy with today, especially being the last test before Beijing,” said Buemi. “We still have a few issues with the car which we need to work on and also to better understand the limits of the car. Overall we’re feeling good for the first race but we’ll have to wait and see, a lot of teams are also looking quick.”

Formula E said more than 5,000 fans had registered to attend the final day of testing and the large turnout were able to see the teams, each running all four of their cars, complete a combined total of 1,222 laps.

The day also saw the series confirm that its course cars for the inaugural season will be fitted with Qualcomm Halo wireless charging technology – an inductive charging system which allows the car’s battery to be charged without the use of cables, said Formula E. With the final specification of car set to be announced shortly, the championship’s technical team said it tested two BMW i8 and two BMW i3 models with the aim to evaluate them for the series’ official safety, medical and extraction roles.