FIA Formula E Putrajaya ePrix 2015
Location: Putrajaya, Malaysia
Date: 07th November 2015
Track Length: 2.5km / 1.55miles clockwise
Distance: 32 laps
Pole Position: 1:21:779 - Nico Prost - e.Dams Renault
1st. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing)
2nd. Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT)
3rd. Sebastien Buemi (e.Dams Renault)
Fastest Race Lap: 1:24:429 (lap 20) - Alguersuari - Virgin Racing
Taking place some 30km south of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the city centre high-streets of Putrajaya lend themselves perfectly to creating an exciting and dynamic race track. The Formula E cars race past impressive architectural skyscrapers and some of the best examples of environmentally sustainable buildings in the world; this city encapsulates the green ethos of Formula E making it an ideal location for the series.
Considerably shorter in length than the Beijing ePrix, Putrajaya’s bumpy 2.5km circuit features a mixture of straights, slow-medium speed corners, as well as a hairpin and some fantastic elevation change. An extremely tight turn 1 chicane (reminiscent of Formula 1’s Monza) sees drivers arriving at around 200kmph before experiencing a breaking force of almost 2G.
Key overtaking opportunities present themselves throughout Sector 1 at Turns 1, 3 and 4. A good exit out of Turn 12 is crucial to lining up a move into the first corner and carrying momentum throughout this part of the track.
The circuit layout remains unchanged from last year.
- The heat and humidity are the first challenge that the drivers must overcome when racing in Malaysia. It is not only an issue for the drivers but for the cars themselves and teams will need to take precautions to prevent overheating issues with the powertrain and brakes.
- The circuit is characterised by some especially bumpy sections of track, in particular when entering Turn 8, as well as the final Turn 12.
- A hard braking zone for Turn 7 may cause problems for the cars especially in qualifying where the drivers push to get everything out of the car. Last year we saw plenty of lock-ups causing the cars to run straight on and miss the corner.
Due to the weather in Malaysia often creating typhoon rain showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon (as seen at countless Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix over the years), the timetable for Putrajaya ePrix is altered. The race itself will start two hours earlier at 2:00pm and there will only be one practice session instead of the traditional two. This of course means the drivers are able to do less qualifying and race simulations, which should make things even that bit more exciting and unpredictable.
07:45 - 09:00 Practice 1
10:00 - 10:06 Quali Group 1
10:10 - 10:16 Quali Group 2
10:20 - 10:26 Quali Group 3
10:30 - 10:36 Quali Group 4
10:45 - 11:00 Super Pole
12:04 Beijing ePrix (26 laps)
(UK GMT) Channel: ITV4 05:00-07:30am
You can also live stream the Formula E Championship on the official website.
FanBoost voting is already open for you to give your favourite driver a boost in the Putrajaya 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.
2014 Rewind Theatre
Last years Putrajaya ePrix saw Lucas Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi come from 18th and 19th on the grid to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. But it was Britain’s Sam Bird who took the top step of the podium, claiming victory for Virgin Racing
Be sure to join us for the Putrajaya ePrix on Twitter during the race, and stay tuned for the Post Race episode of our Podcast ‘Electric Racing’.
And in the meantime, why not listen back to our thoughts on the Beijing ePrix.
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Written by Tom Clancy @Retro_F1