What’s New in #FormulaE?

Three Practice Sessions for Long Beach ePrix

The FIA have announced that due to the layout of the track and the location of the paddock, there will be three 25-minute non-qualifying practice sessions instead of two. The change will ‘maximise charging time and allow teams more time to manage the cars in between sessions’, according to Formula E Sporting Manager Benoit Dupont.

The timetable for the Long Beach ePrix will now be as follows (Local time only):

08:15-08:40 – Practice 1

09:25-09:50 – Practice 2

10:35-11:00 – Practice 3

12:00-12:55 – Qualifying

16:00 – Race (39 laps)

Speed and Duval Return

Formula E new boys Loic Duval and Scott Speed have both retained their seats for the Long Beach ePrix.

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Whilst Duval had a relatively quiet race in Miami, Scott Speed finished as the runner up and nearly won on his debut for Andretti Motorsport.

Alejandro Agag: A true revolutionary? Maybe…

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has done a truly incredible job with the series so far, and he’s not run out of ideas yet.

Agag recently announced that he has had talks with Michelin to produce a tyre that could last an entire season (yes, you read that right) and not just for a race.

‘I want tires that will last a whole season, so not the whole race. I want the cars to go the whole year with the same tire because this means that we will not waste rubber. It means less energy will be used making extra tires for each event and therefore less energy will be used to make them’.

The announcement once again proves Formula E’s commitment to be green, although the impact this may have on the racing may cause fans and drivers to raise their eyebrows. Long lasting tyres need to be hard, which ultimately makes them slower.

Another possible issue is that drivers may have to go races with flat spotted tyres or tyres that have seen a drop off in performance, meaning that they could go into the final races of the season with a huge disadvantage.

It’s an interesting idea and it would certainly be of benefit to tyre manufacturers like Michelin, although it’s difficult to see how such an idea could be implemented.

Monaco ePrix – Free Entry and Layout Confirmed

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The layout of the Monaco ePrix has finally been confirmed. Taking place on 9th May, the 12 turn, 2.76km track will see drivers start at the traditional start-finish line used in Formula 1 and make their way into a tightened turn one. From here the drivers will take a hairpin at Sainte Devote, exiting just beyond the tunnel, before continuing along the F1 layout, through corners such as Swimming Pool and Tabac.

Formula E driver Jarno Trulli, who won the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix is relishing the challenge of Monaco. ‘I think it’s a reasonably good track and obviously the location is fantastic. It takes in half of the Formula 1 circuit, which is enough for the Formula E car and I’m sure it will be good for overtaking’.

F1 races at Monaco are often seen as processional however Formula E has so far provided some exceptional racing at street circuits. Will we see the same at Monaco?

It’s well worth the trip to find out, as fans will also receive free entry!

Frank Montagny receives Two-Year FIA Ban

Having been sidelined since the beginning of the year for testing positive for a banned substance, Franck Montagny has now been banned from all forms of motorsport for a two year period, following a decision from the FIA Anti-Doping Committee (ADC) in Paris.

Furthermore, he has been disqualified from 15th place in the Malaysian ePrix, although his second place at the opening race of the season remains intact.

Powertrain Development: 250kW for 2016/17

The World Motor Sports Council has drafted up regulations for the second season of Formula E and it’s great news for those who want to see faster Formula E cars.

The Spark Renault cars run at 150kW this year, however in season two they will be able to run at 170kW, allowing for improved pace during the races. Fanboost will still exist in season two, however it’s output remains fixed at 180kW, so its effect will be greatly reduced.

Interestingly, fanboost will go up to 250kW in season three, with cars running at 200kW in both qualifying and the race. It’s a bizarre move to see such discrepancy in the effect of fanboost, but the increase battery output will surely draw more fans to sport.

 

There are plenty of changes going on in the sport as the formula continues to evolve and drive the development of electric cars forward. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below and join us on twitter @FormulaEDiary

Written by: Anil Parmar

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