The FIA Formula E championship has staged two event simulations ahead of the category’s inaugural race on the streets of Beijing, China on September 13.
The simulations were held at the series’ Donington Park base, where a temporary pit area was constructed to replicate the facilities all ten teams will experience throughout the street circuit-only championship. For the competitors, the events provided a run through for a full race event: practice sessions, qualifying and a race simulation, including a standing start and Formula E’s unique car-change pit stop procedure.
In addition to the competition practice, series organisers utilised the event simulations as a complete ‘dress rehearsal’ for the series’ operational processes, including accreditation, IT and even broadcasting. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag explained that due to the unique format of Formula E events, a practice of the event was important.
While some difficulties were encountered, overall the event simulations had been considered a success.
“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 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,” Agag said.
The championship has also released the event timetable that will be followed for each of the series’ 10 rounds. Unlike other series, where the race meetings may be spread across two, three or even four days, each Formula E event (or ‘ePrix’) will be a single-day affair. Every ePrix will comprise two practice sessions, qualifying (comprising four randomly-selected groups of five cars), and a single race lasting for approximately 60 minutes requiring each driver to complete a pit stop to change cars.
The final Formula E pre-season test is scheduled for August 19 at Donington Park.
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