Formula E has a lot to do before being ready for its first race, to be held in Beijing September 13. Simulating full events, including pit lane action, was the next step.
To get ready, Formula E has completed two full event simulations to be as ready as possible as the first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race.
Both events were held at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pit lane and pit boxes were organized to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Formula E added it went through accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures; even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.
Formula E (FE) explained during the second simulation, for the first time the 10 teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races. All of the teams and drivers had the opportunity to simulate the car change pit stops – and at the second simulation – a full standing start.
A number of issues were encountered, added FE, which was the reason for running the simulation, but FE and the teams involved considered the events to be a success.
“Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. “We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to 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 race day timetable to be followed by each Formula E event, which takes place all in one day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – lasting 45 minutes and 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 will be held at Donington Park on August 19 with free admission to the public. FE said over 4000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.
The following video showcases the simulations: http://youtu.be/MrF5U3Wduv4