Long Beach – the historic street track in California – hosts this weekend’s Formula E ePrix. We’ve had 5 different winners in as many races so far; could we see a repeat winner for the first time this season?
The race will take place on a shortened version of the legendary Long Beach street track. The layout (shown below) misses out the famous turn 3 fountain but retains the iconic hairpin, one of the tightest in motorsport. There is also an additional chicane on the start finish straight, which will provide a great overtaking opportunity.
Unlike the other circuits on the calendar, the Long Beach layout is actually relatively simply but its high-speed nature will certainly please fans and drivers, whilst the long turn 6 will push the tyres to their limits.
Former IndyCar driver and Formula E driver ambassador Gil de Ferran believes the wide nature of the track will encourage overtaking:
“With the exception of one corner in the southern end, Long Beach is super wide, which is why traditionally you have such good racing there, because people can get side-by-side. It’s going to be interesting to see from a strategic perspective where the drivers are going to make the use of the boost to overtake each other. If you make it on one straight you can be attacked back on the next straight, so that’s going to be fascinating.”
Circuit: Formula E Long Beach ePrix
Location: Long Beach, South California
Date: Saturday, April 04 2015
Race Start: 16:00 local / 00:00am UK
For the first time this season, there will be no driver changes, with Loic Duval and Scott Speed retaining their seats for Dragon Racing and Team Andretti. Scott Speed will be looking to do one better than he did at the Miami ePrix, where he finished in an incredible 2nd place on his debut.
Temperatures of around 25 degrees are expected on race day, peaking just as the racing gets underway. Numerous drivers suffered with overheating batteries in Miami and Uruguay and the long straights of Long Beach could play havoc with reliability. Managing battery temperature and performance whilst not losing track position will be vital once the race gets underway.
The Championship Battle
Nico Prost leads the championship after his well deserved win in Miami, however Lucas di Grassi and Sam Bird aren’t far behind. It could be a big weekend for Sebastian Buemi, whose inconsistency has seen him fall behind the leading pack. As we approach the halfway point of the season, neither he nor Nelson Piquet Jr can afford another poor result.
In the constructors fight, Team Trulli and Venturi GP will desperately be hoping to get some big points. Despite a consistent line up, Venturi GP have scored just 8 points in 5 races, an embarrassing statistic for a company with such a strong reputation in the field of electric cars.
1. Nico Prost (e.dams-Renault) 67
2. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) 60
3. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) 52
4. Nelson Piquet (China Racing) 49
5. Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) 43
6. Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) 37
7. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) 34
8. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) 26
9. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 19
10. Franck Montagny (Andretti) 18
11. Scott Speed (Andretti) 18
12. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing) 18
13. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) 18
14. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) 16
15. Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) 14
16. Jarno Trulli (Trulli) 12
17. Charles Pic (China Racing) 12
18. Loic Duval (Dragon Racing) 6
19. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi GP) 5
20. Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi GP) 3
21. Takuma Sato (Amlin Aguri) 2
22. Salvador Duran (Amlin Aguri) 1
23. Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing) 0
24. Antonio Garcia (China Racing) 0
25. Michela Cerruti (Trulli) 0
26. Marco Andretti (Andretti) 0
27. Matthew Brabham (Andretti) 0
28. Katherine Legge (Amlin Aguri) 0
29. Vitantonio Luizzi (Trulli) 0
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Written by: Anil Parmar