#FormulaE Guide: Round 2 #PutrajayaEPrix

FIA Formula E Putrajaya ePrix 2015

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Location: Putrajaya, Malaysia
Date: 07th November 2015
Track Length: 2.5km / 1.55miles clockwise
Turns: 12
Distance: 32 laps

Last Race

Pole Position: 1:21:779 - Nico Prost - e.Dams Renault
Podium:
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

Overview

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.

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Challenges

  • 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.

Weather

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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.

Event Timetable

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)

Coverage

(UK GMT) Channel: ITV4  05:00-07:30am

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

#FanBoost

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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

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Sam Bird looks back at Beijing

Sam Bird

Sam Bird battled hard throughout an action packed Beijing ePrix to take 7th place and score DS Virgin Racing their first points of the season.

In his latest blog post, the two time Formula E race winner reflects on what was a tricky first race for the team, but one lined with fantastic support from the fans!…


“Looking back to our first race of the season in Beijing, it was really one of mixed emotions…

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Interview: @NickiShields Pre-season Predictions! #FormulaE

With just days to go until the Formula E cars take to the streets of Beijing for Round 1 of the 2015/16 season, it’s time to talk pre-season predictions! And who better to ask than ITV’s own first on the scene, pit lane reporter… Nicki Shields!

I was lucky enough to catch up with Nicki and put my 10 prediction questions to her; as well as find out her standout moments from the first ever Formula E Championship.

We started off all in!…

So that’s Nicki’s predictions for Season 2, how about yours?…

  1. Who will win the 2015/16 Championship?
  2. Who will be the winner of Round 1 in Beijing?
  3. How many different winners will we have in Formula E this year?
  4. Will Team Trulli start the first race?
  5. Who will score more points at Mahindra, Bruno Senna or Nick Heidfeld?
  6. What will be the success story of the season?
  7. Will one team run away with the Constructors Championship, having got their powertrain spot on?
  8. How many times will Jacques Villeneuve out-qualify Stephane Sarrazin?
  9. Who will come out on top at DS Virgin Racing? Sam Bird or Jean-Eric Vergne?
  10. Will the 2015/16 Championship be decided at the final round in London?

Feel free to leave your answers to the above questions in the comments below, or send them to FormulaEDiary on twitter where you can also join us live for the Beijing ePrix this Saturday!

#BeijingePrix #FormulaE #DriveTheFuture

by Tom Clancy @Retro_F1