FIA Formula E Beijing ePrix 2015
Location: Olympic Park, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China Date: 24th October 2015 Track Length: 3.439km / 2.14mi anticlockwise Turns: 17 Distance: 26 laps
Last Race (2014)
Pole Position: 1:42:200 - Nico Prost - e.Dams Renault
Podium: 1st. Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) 2nd. Franck Montagny (Andretti) 3rd. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing)
Fastest Lap: 1:45:101 (lap 21) - Takuma Sato - Amlin Aguri
The FIA Formula Beijing ePrix takes place in the heart of the city on the public roads that encompass the 2008 Olympic Park; providing a spectacular setting that sees cars race past landmarks such as the majestic National “Bird Nest” Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
The 3.439km circuit is predominantly a mix of tight 90 degree left handers and quick right-left chicanes. Combine these with the long straights and the track opens up a host of late-braking and overtaking opportunities. Wide streets allow the drivers to at times race 3 cars side-by-side.
Key overtaking opportunities present themselves at Turns 1, 2, 3, 16 and 17, with a move around the sweeping Turn 10 also a possibility.
- The chicane after the exit of Turn 2 has been removed, creating a long uninterrupted straight down to the new Turn 3. This change could provide a useful #FanBoost opportunity…
2014 Old Layout
2015 New Layout
- As one of the longest tracks on the Formula E calendar, the Beijing ePrix street circuit requires careful management of the cars battery to ensure that it is able to last the race distance; however with an extra 20kw of power available this season, energy management should be somewhat less of an issue.
- The nature of the circuit places a lot of importance on traction and braking stability. The tight chicanes have a tendency to push the cars wide as they fight to get the front end turned in.
- Unique ‘U-shaped’ pitlane.
The weather prediction for the Beijing ePrix is currently very similar to that of last year – which also saw a temperature of 19 degrees C. Saturday will see sunny skies with the possibility of some slight cloud cover; whilst the humidity will make the air temperature considerably higher.
FanBoost voting is already open for you to give your favourite driver a boost in the Beijing ePrix. You can head over to the official website now to register your vote, or download the official FanBoost app.
This year you can also vote via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using hashtags. Simply post a message including the hashtag #FanBoost and a hashtag with the full name of the driver you want to vote for e.g. #SimonaDeSilvestro.
(UK) ITV4 – 08:00-10:30am
You can also live stream the Formula E Championship on the official website.
08:15 - 09:00 Practice 1 10:00 Qualifying Group Lottery 10:30 - 11:00 Practice 2
12:00 - 12:06 Qualifying Group 1 12:10 - 12:16 Qualifying Group 2 12:20 - 12:26 Qualifying Group 3 12:30 - 12:36 Qualifying Group 4 12:45 - 13:00 Super Pole
16:04 Beijing ePrix (26 laps)
2014 Rewind Theatre
The first ever FIA Formula E ePrix – Beijing 2014 provided a thrilling start to the inaugural World Championship and firmly earned it’s place in the history books with a dramatic final lap, final corner incident between then race leader Nico Prost (e.Dams Renault) and 2nd place challenger Nick Heidfeld (Venturi)…
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Written by Tom Clancy @Retro_F1