#FormulaE Guide: Round 1 #BeijingEPrix

FIA Formula E Beijing ePrix 2015

location

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

Overview

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.

2015 Changes

  • 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

track old

2015 New Layout

track

Challenges

  • 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.

Weather 

beijing weather

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

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.

Coverage

(UK) ITV4 – 08:00-10:30am

You can also live stream the Formula E Championship on the official website.

Event Timetable

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)…


Be sure to join us for the Beijing ePrix on Twitter during the race, and stay tuned for our Post Race episode of our Podcast ‘Electric Racing’

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Written by Tom Clancy @Retro_F1

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