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Russian driver Daniil Kvyat sees Formula E as a continuation of his career.Many ex-pilots of Formula 1, including Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastian Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Nelson Piquet Jr., Andre Lotterer, Lucas di Grassi, jrme d'ambrosio and nick Heidfeld, already participate in this championship.It is expected that soon they will be joined by Felipe Massa. The Russian news Agency TASS reported that Kvyat is another potential pilot of Formula E. TASS said that Kvyat had talks with at least two teams and can take part in the January tests.
Sebastian Buemi sensationally started the second season of the FIA Formula E, earning maximum points - in the Bank of a pilot of the team Renault e.dams 30 reward points. After winning the pole position in the new procedure the super-pole position the Swiss did not leave opponents no chance in the race SWUSP Beijing ePrix, setting also the best time for a circle. Thus, Buemi gained a unique hat-trick during the weekend."It was a good race, nice to win with such a margin - I'm happy The team did a great job and Renault have a good powerplant. We are looking forward to the next races. We also managed to set the fastest lap, what had problems in the past year",- says the winner of today's race.Buemi admitted that started not the best way, but he managed to repel the attacks of the Mahindra Racing rider nick Heidfeld in the first turn, thus preserving the lead. From the moment the race was led by the Swiss. However, his efforts to break away from the peloton twice failed because of the appearance on the track Full Course Yellow. This system was first used in Formula E and has earned high recognition from riders.Di Grassi said "It is very good from the point of view of a sports component, as it allows you to quickly clean the track. In addition, we follow the same procedure in the other categories, where are the racers of Formula E".However, Buemi was in the lead not the entire race. He was the first pilot who changed the car during the race, which enabled Loic Duval, driver of the team Dragon Racing, a circle to be the leader before the visit to the pits.Pit stop was a little unsettled by Heidfeld his team did not immediately coped with the fastening of seat belts in the car the driver, from-for what the German fell back two places ago, leaving the track behind di Grassi and Nico Simple. Bold maneuver allowed Heidfeld Simple to get around, and two pilots are remembered in the first season of spectacular duels and a spectacular collision, again pleased the audience with a dense struggle on the track in the Olympic Park of Beijing.Just got out in the first place, but this time the Frenchman did not get to the podium. For unknown reasons, until a broken element in the protection of the right rear wheel of the car of the Frenchman damaged the prop and rear wing. Despite the fact that Simple can continue to go to race pace, the car acknowledged dangerous for other drivers. Simply the command came to return to the pits, which meant the completion of the race for the racer.The incident returned to Heidfeld third place, where he eventually finished, having won thereby the first ever podium for team Mahindra Racing"I am delighted for the whole team. We really worked hard in the summer, and it was a very tense race. The guys who followed me, ran a circle more on the first interval, they had more charge, and so I had to defend. It was very interesting, especially on the last lap. At least this time I managed not to break the car for a circle to finish"On the last laps the spectators were able to enjoy a fantastic battle between Heidfeld and racers team Dragon Racing - Duval and D'ambrosio. At the finish line they were separated for more than two secondsSixth place went to Oliver tervi team NEXTEV TCR. The Briton, along with Sam Byrd and Nelson Piquet Jr., received a bonus from the fans FanBoost, which allowed him to break from 15th place on the starting grid to the best finish of his career in Formula E. For the Peak, everything went worse last season champion finished outside the points zone due to mechanical problems with the car that has set him from ninth to fifteenth place.The race was intense and Sam Byrd who managed to break through to the seventh line. Nathaniel Burton, driver of team Aguri, in his debut in the championship was able to take eighth place. Stefan Sarrazin of Venturi took the ninth position after the penalty of Daniel ABT for unsafe leaving after a pit stop. New to the championship Robin frijns was able to earn one point, despite the fact that by the finish of the race he spent all the energy to the motor.The new era of Formula E is already here. The race was exciting and was the first in a new season of Formula E. Buemi, the Opponents hope to reverse the outcome of the struggle at the next stage of the championship, which will take place on 7 November in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The ninth stage of FIA Formula E will again be held in Moscow on 4 June 2016 at the Kremlin walls.Team standings1. Renault e.dams - 302. Dragon Racing - 223. Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT - 184. Mahindra Racing - 155. NEXTEV TCR - 86. Virgin Racing DS - 67. Team Aguri - 48. Venturi - 29. Amlin Andretti - 110. Trulli - lichnyy standings1. Sebastian Buemi, 302. Lucas di Grassi, 183. Nick Heidfeld, 154. Loic Duval, 125. Jerome d'ambrosio, 106. Oliver Tervi, 87. Sam Bird, 68. Nathaniel Burton, 49. Stefan Sarrazin, 210. Robin Frijns, 1.
Nelson Piquet Jr. celebrates his victory at the Kremlin walls and strengthens their chances for the championship in Formula E. the Pilot team NEXTEV TCR scored 25 points this means that in the final season race in London, he will arrive with a margin of 17 points from nearest rival, who was also a native of Brazil, Lucas di Grassi 128 and 111 respectively. Audi Sport ABT to finish second, ahead of Buemi, who was demoted to ninth position as a result of a penalty for unsafe exit from the pit stop. Swiss currently ranks third in the standings and has 105 points. The prize for third place in the race, so the team got the Venturi and its pilot nick Heidfeld, which first appeared in the top three.The decisive turning point in the race occurred a few seconds after launch. Jean-Eric Vergne started from pole position, but take advantage of it failed Piquet Jr., who started the race from second place, made every effort to beat the Frenchman and enter into the first turn leader. Gradually, the Brazilian was able to secure an advantage in a few seconds ahead of closest pursuers, namely Return, di Grassi and Buemi, and got the ability to comfortably complete the first segment.The next di Grassi showed more speed than Vergne, but have not been able to get around last. Buemi was holding back, ready to attack at any opportunity. Had to wait for a series of pit stops to see will change if the balance of the main contenders for victory. Leading the pilot went to the pit stop first, the next round did Vergne and di Grassi, while Buemi, who planned a shorter second length, chose to pit the 19th lap. Unfortunately for the Swiss rider, as his team-mate's Simple, command error in part a minimum time for pit stop cost him precious seconds, although the pilot and managed to stay in fourth place. However, another mistake, as it is unsafe to depart from the pit stop, caused even more unfortunate consequences - penalty after the race.At the beginning of the second segment, Piquet Jr. was still in the lead, while Vergne and di Grassi are reversed. The Brazilian is understood that you may count on a greater amount of energy than his compatriot, and tried to minimize the gap in the hope to circumvent the latest on the last laps. He managed to reduce the difference to 1.5 seconds, but the pilot of the Audi Sport ABT was not able to get into the slipstream of the leading car, including the fact that he had overheated the battery is meant to finish with a high speed will not work. As a result Piquet Jr. crossed the finish line first with a margin of 2 seconds, with the second win after the stage in long beach, bringing the number of prizes in the season to five."To arrive at the race to London as the leader - it's worth it, " said the pilot NEXTEV TCR after the stage. - We know that you have no rights to silly mistakes that in preparation for the double race in Battersea we have to work just as well as we have worked so far. We always show great results in qualifying, and I had shown decent speed. The exception was Berlin, but here again our performance was no less strong than in the previous stages".Although the gap from the leader grew to 17 points, di Grassi is confident that the fight is not over yet. "There's still 60 points, so that can happen anything. Today we were able to show that we have extremely high-speed machine".In the fight for third place Buemi won over will Refund most impressive way. In the last round of the Swiss pilot has made a determined attack, and also used for a maximum of FanBoost. Two cars collided several times with Buemi when passing through the Chicane, allowing Heidfeld to catch up with both. Stiletto German slipped between the two of them, leaving Vergne in fifth position. The Frenchman received a consolation prize in the form of the fastest lap times, but after the race lost him, because it was recognized that on this lap he cut the Chicane, and in the end, 2 points for fastest lap went to Buemi.The touchdown also came Daniel ABT, Salvador Duran, Antonio Felix da Costa, Nicolas Simple and fined after Buemi, rookie Justin Wilson. Undoubtedly, the race was a disappointment to the team Dragon Racing after the triumph in Berlin according to the results of the Moscow stage DAmbrosio dropped in the standings due to problems at the pit stop, and Duval finished only eleventh.After touring the world, " Formula E is preparing to return to his native England last summer where it all began test runs with the Donington Park. Closing the season the weekend will take place on the London circuit Battersea Park. During the last weekend in June there will be two races on Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June. For the title are six racers Piquet Jr., Buemi, di Grassi, Simple, EtcAmbrosio and bird. As for the team event, e.dams-Renault will arrive in the English capital, with 187 points - 44 more than the Audi Sport ABT. In third place NEXTEV TCR with 132 points.The results of the 9th round of the championship of Formula E in Moscow1. Nelson Piquet,Jr., NEXTEV TCR, 43.18.867 sec.2. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, +2.012 sec.3. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, +11.548 sec.4. Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti, +12.416 sec.5. Daniel ABT, Audi Sport ABT, +25.626 sec.6. Salvador Duran, Amlin Aguri, +28.960 sec.7. Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Aguri, +30.529 sec.8. Nicolas Simple, e.dams-Renault, +31.556 sec.9. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, +40.058 sec.10. Justin Wilson, Andretti, +46.320 sec.11. Loic Duval, Dragon Racing, +49.763 sec.12. Jerome d'ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +51.474 sec.13. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, +52.493 sec.14. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, +55.810 sec.15. Stefan Sarrazin, Venturi, +56.715 sec.16. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, +1 sec.17. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Trulli, +1 sec.18. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, +1 sec.19. Antonio Garcia, NEXTEV TCR +3 NC. Sam bird, Virgin Racing, not kvalifitsirovannyi standings1. e.dams-Renault Formula E - 1872. Audi Sport ABT Formula E - 1433. NEXTEV TCR Formula E - 1324. Dragon Racing Formula E - 1165. Andretti Formula E - 1066. Virgin Racing Formula E - 987. Amlin Aguri Formula E - 628. Venturi Formula E - 499. Mahindra Racing - 4610. Trulli Formula E - any standings1. Nelson Piquet, Jr., 1282. Lucas di Grassi, 1113. Sebastien Buemi, 1054. Nicolas Simple, 825. Jerome d'ambrosio, 776. Sam Bird , 687. Jean-Eric Vergne , 578. Antonio Felix da Costa, 519. Daniel ABT, 3210. Jaime Alguersuari, 30.
Sebastien Buemi became the first driver Championship Formula E, who managed to win two wins this season the Swiss was the fastest on the race in Punta del este and has now repeated his triumph at the first ever Formula E European stage in Monaco.This victory was the third for team e.dams-Renault in Miami, the first place went to teammate Buemi, Nicolas Prost, which further strengthened its leading position in the overall team standings. The race in Monaco has collected an incredible number of spectators - more than 23,000 fans of motorsports is located at the stadium and the fan zone, thus confirming the popularity of Formula E and in this part of the world.In an exciting qualifying Buemi took pole position in the fight with championship leader Lucas di Grassi, Jerome dAmbrosio and Nelson Piquet Jr. took their seats in the second row on the starting grid. At the beginning of the race the leaders were able to get ahead, but just a few seconds after the start of Daniel ABT provoked the collision, which damaged cars of several drivers Bruno Senna, Jean-Eric Vergne, Loc Duval, El Salvador Duran and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Jaime Alguersuari was eliminated in the first turn.After the departure of the safety car the race resumed, however, as a result of the accident of fighting has left Senna, Alguersuari, as well as Duval and Daniel ABT. After the restart the leaders headed Buemi, followed immediately by di Grassi, followed by dAmbrosio, Peak, Stephan Sarrazin, Nicolas Prost and Sam bird.In the sixth lap of the Brazilian team pilot NEXTEV TCR Piquet Jr. seized the acceleration FanBoost and effectively ahead of the Belgian dAmbrosio from team Dragon Racing, finishing in third position. Intense fight took place between the leaders of the race - Buemi and followed right behind di Grassi. Di Grassi went to pit stop earlier on the 25th lap, trying to beat the opponent. But it was not to be after a pit stop two laps later, Buemi was able to hold the lead in the race.On the second stinte" di Grassi again joined the fight for the lead with Buemi, although I knew that the second one will have more energy. The Audi Sport ABT also had to defend second place until the end of the race in the fight caught up with his Peak. Despite the incredible efforts of the pilot-the winner ePrix in long beach, di Grassi managed to hold on to second place, finishing two seconds after the leader Buemi. But his countryman Piquet Jr. still had to fight for the podium with Sam bird. As a result, the Brazilian has won this confrontation, leaving the fourth Briton.After Sam Byrd racers crossed the finish line in the following sequence dAmbrosio, Simple, Sarrazin, Charles Pic, Antonio Felix da Costa and Nick Heidfeld.Fastest lap in this race 55.157 C showed not reached the finish Jean-Eric Vergne, largely due to the acceleration of FanBoost. French pilot got two points and the award from VISA for the fastest lap " Visa Fastest Lap Award". This award was first awarded at the Monaco ePrix, marking the beginning of cooperation between Formula E and one of the world leaders in the field of electronic payment systems VISA.After seven races in the drivers ' championship remains the leader Lucas di Grassi with 93 points. Four points from him behind Nelson Piquet Jr. to win Today Buemi will allow to compete for the title of champion is now the Swiss pilot in third place 83 points, which is six points more than his teammate Nicolas Simple.In the team event e.dams-Renault has strengthened its leadership ahead of nearest rival Audi Sport ABT 45 points. NEXTEV TCR behind just one point which was in the third position of the Virgin Racing team 93 and 94 points respectively. Also worth mentioning is the fact that in this race to earn points managed by both the team drivers Venturi - Sarrazin finished seventh, and his partner Nick Heidfeld - tenth.Monaco ePrix gave a great start of the European part of the Championship FIA Formula E next race will be held in Berlin in two weeks, on may 23, in the territory of the closed airport Tempelhof, June 6th race electroblade will be held in the Russian capital, in the historical center of Moscow near the Kremlin walls.The results of the 7th round of the championship of Formula E Monaco1. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 4805.2252. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, +2.154 sec.3. Nelson Piquet, Jr., NEXTEV TCR, +4.634 sec.4. Sam bird, Virgin Racing, +4.801 seconds.5. Jerome d'ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +5.881 sec.6. Nicolas Simple, e.dams-Renault, +11.032 sec.7. Stefan Sarrazin, Venturi, +26.472 sec.8. Charles Pic, NEXTEV TCR, +49.538 sec.9. Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Aguri, +52.658 sec.10. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, +52.936 sec.11. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, +58.984 sec.12. Scott Speed, Andretti, +114.13813. Karun Chandhok , Mahindra Racing, +1 NC Vitantonio Liuzzi, Trulli, not NC Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti, not NC Salvador Duran, Amlin Aguri, not NC Loic Duval Dragon Racing, not NC Daniel ABT, Audi Sport ABT, not NC Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, not NC Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, not fynyshyrovaly standings1. Lucas di Grassi, 932. Nelson Piquet, Jr., 893. Sebastian Buemi, 834.Nicolas Simple, 775. Sam Bird, 646. Jerome d'ambrosio, 527. Antonio Felix da Costa, 458. Jean-Eric Vergne, 349. Jaime Alguersuari, 3010. Bruno Senna, nomandy offsete.dams-Renault - 160Audi Sport ABT - 115Virgin Racing - 94NEXTEV TCR - 93Andretti Autosport - 82Dragon Racing - 76Amlin Aguri - 48Mahindra Racing - 46Venturi - 16Trulli - 12.
Brazilian pilot Nelson Piquet Jr. celebrates symbolic victory for himself, for the first time won the first place on the stage of Formula E. 35 years ago, the Brazilian national anthem sounded here in honor of his father, for whom the victory in the California track became the first Formula 1. And third place also went to the Brazilian pilot then it was Emerson Fittipaldi, today the third ascended to the podium Lucas di Grassi. The second was the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne.Starting fifth, Vergne by a vote of fans won the right to use the increased power Fan Boost. Except he got that right Sam bird and the race winner Nelson Piquet Jr.More than 20 thousand spectators gathered in this picturesque place not far from Hollywood to witness the thrilling race. Among the guests were such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrian Brody, and model Irina Shayk.Each of the six stages Formula E is your winner, demonstrating the unpredictability of the championship. Today the winners ePrix on six different urban roads are Piquet Jr. long beach, Di Grassi Beijing, bird Putrajaya, Buemi Punta del este, Da Costa Buenos Aires and Simple Miami.Brazilian rider deserved to win he walked in front of the other pilots throughout almost the entire race. Starting from second place on the starting grid, Nelson managed to get ahead of starting from pole position Daniel ABT, after the first turn and keep the lead until the end phase. Not done at this stage and without incident first time on the track the safety car left after the second turn his car broke California native Scott speed, the second time - after an unfortunate accident of Charles Peak and Jarno Trulli, which resulted in the Italian veteran racing was forced to stop the race.The ABT was able to continue prosecution Peak, Jean-Eric Vergne after the first restart was able to get ahead of Buemi, becoming the third. After a pit stop to the French pilot team, Andretti Autosport managed to win one more position and start the fight for first place with Piquet Jr., but the Brazilian did not leave him any chance. ABT was third until Ho lap when he was fined for exceeding the limit energy use. He had to drive through the pit lane, thereby losing third place to his teammate - Lucas Di Grassi. The fight for third place turned serious Sebastian Buemi, who showed the best time in qualifying, but devoid of the decision of the judges could start from pole position for exceeding the limit energy use, and he strove to overtake Di Grassi.Only shortly before the finish flag Jean-Eric Vergne was able to slightly reduce the lag from the Peak. Buemi also failed to overtake Di Grassi, who was ahead of Swedish pilot by a few tenths, coming third. This race was particularly successful for Brazilian pilots fifth place went to Bruno Senna. Unfortunately, American racing driver Scott AIDS failed to please the good result of their compatriots at the home race he dropped out of the fight due to mismanagement at the very beginning.Today is the first victory in the FIA Formula E championship for team China Racing team. Thanks earned 25 points in long beach Piquet Jr. ranks second in the drivers ' championship with 74 points behind his compatriot Di Grassi just one point. To the stage in long beach championship leader was Nicolas Simple, which this time got only two points. In the team competition the first place was retained command e.dams with 124 points, the second - Audi Sport Abt - 97 points, and the third position is located Virgin Racing with 82 points.The results of the 6th stage of the championship Formula E in long beach1. Nelson Piquet Jr., China Racing, 4601.9712. Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti, +1.705 sec.3. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, +2.994 sec.4. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, +3.518 sec.5. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, +8.844 sec.6. Jerome d'ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +13.460 sec.7. Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Aguri, +16.171 sec.8. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, +17.975 sec.9. Loc Duval Dragon Racing, +18.436 sec.10. Stefan Sarazin, Venturi, +20.418 sec.11. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, +21.326 sec.12. Karun Chandhok , Mahindra Racing, +32.917 sec.13. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Trulli, +38.592 sec.14. Nicolas Simple, e.dams-Renault, +42.375 sec.15. Daniel ABT, Audi Sport ABT, +44.361 sec.16. Charles Pic, China Racing, +58.125 sec.NC El Salvador Duran, Amlin Aguri, not NC Sam bird, Virgin Racing, not NC Jarno Trulli, Trulli, not NC Scott speed, Andretti, not fynyshyrovaly standings1. Lucas di Grassi, 75 ochkov. Nelson Piquet, Jr., 743. Nicolas Simple, 694. Sebastien Buemi, 555. Sam Byrd, 526. Antonio Felix da Costa, 437. Jerome d'ambrosio, 428. Jean-Eric Vergne, 329. Jaime Alguersuari, 3010. Bruno Senna, nomandy standings1. e.dams-Renault Formula E,124 occa. Audi Sport ABT Formula E, 973. Virgin Racing Formula E, 824. Andretti Formula E, 805. China Racing Formula E, 746. Dragon Racing Formula E, 667. Amlin Aguri Formula E, 468. Mahindra Racing Formula E, 469. Trulli Formula E, 1210. Venturi Formula E, 9.
The pilot team Aguri Antonio Felix da Costa won the fourth stage of the electric formula, held in Buenos Aires. Winners of the Argentine race also became Nicholas Simple and Nelson Piquet.In the beginning of the race struggles led Sebastian Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld. On the 16th round in the wall flew Karun Chandhok, and on the track appeared machine security. Many took advantage of the situation to conduct pit-stops.Only over the road to a green flags, as in the same 10-m turn damaged the suspension, the leader of the race, Buemi. After a couple of laps left and di Grassi. The peloton was led by Heidfeld and Sam bird, but both were fined. The first is for speeding on pit lane, the second exit on the highway under a red light.After that, the leader of the race was suddenly da Costa, who won the first victory in Formula E. the Remaining place on the podium went Simply and Piquet Jr.After four stages of the championship leader remains di Grassi. Next race will be held on 14 March in Miami.
The first ever race of the Formula 1 which was held at the Olympic Park in Beijing was surprisingly interesting, and the ending was completely unexpected and dramatic. Riders, including many very well-known names had to drive 25 laps on urban routes, consisting mainly of straight line segments connected by several 90-degree turns and shikinami. Distance range - 3.5 km
Nicolas Prost, son of four-time world champion Alain Simple, started from pole position and confidently retained our leadership position, the second position was held Lucas Di Grassi, third - ABT. Had a good start Nick Heidfeld, playing two positions on braking before the first turn he's ahead of Karuna Chandhoke and came on 4th place.
But Bruno Senna, one of the favourites in the race - again no luck not only that, due to technical problems it failed to show a normal result in the qualification, but in the second turn he could not avoid contact with Takumi Sato, the machine Brazilian has been damaged, and he went down. Because of this, the track was released the safety car to evacuate stopped Bruno Senna.
When driving behind the safety car, electric vehicles operate in economy mode, which allows you to save energy, but it seems that the peloton is going very slowly.
On the 5th lap race resumed, and soon Frank Montagna desperate maneuver on the brake, locking wheels, ahead of Jaime Alguersuari and went on the 6-th position, and Oriol Servius nicely bypassed Nelson Piquet Jr. Generally struggle in the middle of the peloton turned serious, almost every lap riders changed their positions.
At the end of the straight sections of the machine was overclocked to 160 km/h. It is difficult to say how the race looked from the stands of the Beijing Olympic Park, but on TV it looked quite rapidly.
Immediately after the restart for technical reasons in the boxes returned Sebastien Buemi, the machine is probably damaged. The team was able to cope with the problem, and at the 9th round of the Swiss returned to the track, already without actually having the chance to catch up with the peloton.
In the first laps Heidfeld struggled with ABT for the 3rd position, but then fell behind, and it in turn caught up with Chandhok. Meanwhile, the top three were driving with minimal intervals that foreshadowed the fight in the last laps. But Montagna soon came in 5th place, ahead of Chandhok.
Lap it was time to change cars, many went to the pit lane, the first did Jaime Alguersuari. The leaders of the race was temporarily out Sam bird, who chose to stay on the road longer than others, but on the next round and it turned into boxes.
Simply managed to keep the lead, but on the second position managed to get nick Heidfeld, which could change the car faster than Di Grassi and ABT. In addition, ABT ahead and Montagna, already the 4th and pressure di Grassi.
Buemi received a 5-second penalty stop-and-go for crossing the white line that separates the exit of the pit lane from the track, but soon came down.
Five laps to go Heidfeld began to catch up with the Simple, vigorously attacked by blocking the wheels on braking, and the interval between machines was already less than a second. But Nicolas Prost, which managed to keep a reserve of energy in the battery, defended well, and it seemed that he would be able to maintain the first position. However, at the final round of the German threw himself into a desperate attack on the inside of the path. Cars passed before the last left turn, but Simple suddenly began to shift to the left, and between machines has been a contact. Venturi of Heidfeld flew up into the air, crashed into a guardrail, overturned, and fell sideways on the pavement in the security zone. The machine is Simple, too, was badly damaged, but, apparently, to blame for the incident, it was the Frenchman.
In the victory in the opening race of the Formula E unexpectedly went to Lucas di Grassi, who went to third. The second finished Montagna, third place went to Daniel ABT.
September 13, will begin a new era in the history of Motorsport. On the streets of Beijing will host the debut race of the Formula E - the first global racing series using the fully electric machines. In anticipation of this momentous event, we will tell about the peculiarities of the championship and its participants.
The idea of professional racing series using machines with electric motors was in the air for a long time, because for the past couple of decades the global automotive industry pays the electric cars more and more attention. And if twenty years ago it was mainly focused on experimental machines today are sold worldwide each year hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.
It is not surprising, since theoretically the electric cars more efficient than gasoline counterparts. The efficiency of the motor is significantly higher than that of the internal combustion engine. While it is lighter, smaller, easier, smarter, more reliable, safer and quieter. And the only problem hindering the development of electric vehicles, was the battery.
Lead-acid batteries, no motors of any chance to fight with internal combustion engines - they were bulky, weighed a lot, was getting a little energy. As a result, the electric car was heavy, slow, require large maintenance costs and had limited power reserve. At the dawn of the automotive development of electric vehicles and vehicles with gasoline engines was parallel, but as soon as the efficiency of internal combustion engines has reached acceptable values, they rushed forward.
In 1990-ies on electric cars appeared Nickel metal-hydride batteries, in many ways superior to its predecessors. However, the difference with lead-acid batteries was not large enough. In addition, the Nickel-metal hydride batteries had its drawback, a very serious from the point of view of the automotive industry - a high rate of self-discharge, causing the car standing for several days, it was impossible to get.
The revolution occurred after the introduction in the early 1990's lithium-ion batteries. They are lighter and more compact than lead with more energy. Virtually no they and many other disadvantages inherent in the batteries of previous generations - self-discharge and memory effect and so on. These batteries are used on most electric and hybrid cars in the world, as well as in machines WEC, Formula 1 and, of course, Formula E.
The fact that the creation of a fully-electric formula lithium-ion battery is quite real, it was demonstrated a few years ago, after creating racing electric car Formulec - Russian viewers had the opportunity to see him at Moscow City Racing in 2011. It Formulec became the basis for the future of Formula E.
About creating a new championship under the auspices of the FIA announced in August 2012. Then it became known that the first race will take place in 2014, and the promoter of the series will be Alejandro Agag, team boss Addax GP2 series and son-in-law of the former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar. However, at first, in reality these plans are believed not all. At the end of last year, Bernie Ecclestone argued that the championship will not be. Now it is obvious that Bernie was wrong.
Features of the regulations
In the first season of the Formula E will be monasteria. Teams will receive identical machine, which was prepared by the company Spark Racing Technologies Frederic Vasseur. Vasser is well known in the auto, founder and co-owner of team ART Grand Prix. In fact, however, the contribution of Spark Racing Technologies in the construction of the machine is not so great, so the bet was made on the assistance of an experienced and reputable partners.
So, the chassis is designed by the famous Italian racing Atelier Dallara chassis of this company are used in the majority of European and American formula series, GP2 and GP3 to WSR and IndyCar. The motor, transmission, standard electronic control units ECU and all electronic components are supplied McLaren Electronic System. Batteries created Williams Advanced Engineering.
In addition, the building was attended by Renault company, supplier of tyres became Michelin, as the official technology partner of Qualcomm. This solution allowed us to create very high-tech, but not too expensive car, with recognizable, thanks to the fairing front wheels and low profile tires, appearance. Its technical characteristics correspond to those that can be seen in the Junior racing series. The motor delivers maximum power of 200 kW, which is equivalent to 270 HP, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and a maximum speed of 225 km/H.
As in Formula 1, Formula E is sporting and technical regulations, but they are closely intertwined. So, one of the main features of this series is that during each race pilots will use two cars in the middle of the race the exact time for each route is selected separately racer will go into the pits and change to another machine. This decision is the result of insufficiently capacious battery, a charge which is not enough for the whole distance.
Another feature of the series is the use of the principle of FanBoost. Its essence is that three of the pilot received from the fans the greatest support on the website and in social networks, in the course of the race will have the opportunity for five seconds to use the increased power of the engine. The inclusion FanBoost will increase the engine power by 40 PS, which with a total output of motor racing mode 200 PS can greatly assist the pilot. However, to spend this increase will have at one time.
Another distinguishing feature of the Formula E - the place and time of the race. The calendar generated by the scheme "autumn-spring", the championship will end on 27 June 2015 in London. All races will take place on street tracks located in the heart of the largest cities in the world. According to the organizers, this is due to the desire to emphasize that the vehicle is primarily a city car, but in addition will help new championship to collect audience - after all, in order to see the race, spectators will not have to go to the racetrack.
It is also interesting that in the Formula E, in fact, is not the usual for the classical categories of Motorsport concept of "weekend" - instead, the series uses the term ePrix similar to Grand Prix. All races, ranging from training before the race, held in one day. So, for example, in Beijing the free races of the Formula E will begin early on Saturday morning, at 815 local time, the second session will be held at 1030, then 1200 to 1255, will be four qualifying session, and at 1600 1200 GMT start the race. While its duration is limited to one hour. Thus, between the first departure of the cars on the track and the winner will be less than nine hours.
Teams and pilots
Perhaps the most important achievement Alejandro Agag on the post of the promoter of the new season is that he has managed to attract in the championship a lot of strong teams and pilots. Suffice it to say that out of 20 riders championship debut more than half had previously acted in the Formula 1.
The main favorite of the first season will be the team e.dams, which is directed by four-time world Formula 1 champion Alain Prost. She is affiliated with well-known European teams DAMS, and the title sponsor will be the Renault company. Its pilots will be Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi. It Buemi dominated in most pre-season test sessions.
A serious competitor for the Swiss can become another ex-pilot of Formula 1, Lucas di Grassi. He is no less a professional team Abt, supported by Audi. The second pilot is the son of the team owner, Daniel ABT, well known for youth series.
Another contender for the title - Jerome D Ambrosio, representing the American team Dragon Racing. This team is interesting in itself, as established by Jay Penske and Stephen Ivalice in 2006. Stephen Ivalice - the head of the world-renowned Seagate Technologies. And father Jay, Roger Penske, the famous American Director of racing for Team Penske. In addition to D Ambrosio, the team will be also Oriol Servia, and in some stages may appear Sebastien Bourdais.
In the Formula E there is another American team Andretti Formula E, a division of the magazine Autosport Andretti. However, while this team has only one pilot Frank Montagna, known for her performances in Formula 1, IndyCar and "24 hours of Le Mans". Who will be his running mate - is unclear. In the first race behind the wheel of the second car will sit Charles Peak, but his contract for the season is not yet confirmed.
You should pay attention to the Venturi team. To her the center of attention, primarily because its owner is a famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio, has been actively involved in environmental issues. But the team has something to boast of and in sporting terms it will be two former F1 driver, Nick Heidfeld and Stefan sarazin. This is a very quick and experienced pilots, on account of which many victories in a variety of series, and there is no doubt that they will be able to Express themselves and in Formula E.
Equally interesting composition and Virgin Racing is another attempt to win the racing side of the founder of the Virgin Empire sir Richard Branson. Here behind the wheel will sit Jaime Alguersuari and Sam bird, well known to European audiences with his performances in GP2.
There is in the League and a few Asian teams. So, for China Racing will perform ex-pilot of Formula 1 Nelson Piquet Jr., and Ho-Pin Tung, who have repeatedly taken part in tests of the Formula 1. And in the Indian Mahindra Racing will once again be reunited couple pilots team iSport series GP2 Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna. Moreover, both have now the experience of Formula 1.
Worth a watch and Trulli team, which will act as Jarno Trulli. The Italian spent in Formula 1 15 seasons, on account of his victory At the Monaco Grand Prix 2004, and it is not only the oldest but also the most experienced pilot of the championship. Technical support team will have a Super Nova, one of the most successful teams in the European youth series. A mate Trulli will be the 27-year-old Italian pilot Michela, Cerruti, recently won the first victory in Auto GP.
In the championship will be another girl - Katherine Legge. She will sit behind the wheel of the machine Amlin Aguri - another team, whose founder was the former Formula 1 driver. Moreover, in Amlin Aguri from zero to full management team Super Aguri - not only Aguri Suzuki, and mark Preston. From the point of view of the sports results of the main hopes in Amlin Aguri connect with Antonio Felix da Kostas, but first he has to perform will not - it will be replaced by another pilot, familiar to our viewers on the Formula 1 - Takuma Sato and backup pilot will become champion GP2 2013 Fabio Leimer.
Calendar Formula E season 2014-2015
Date - City - Country
13/09/2014 - Beijing - China
22/11/2014 - Putrajaya - Malaysia
13/12/2014 - Punta del este - Uruguay
10/01/2015 - Buenos Aires - Argentina
14/02/2015 - will be announced later will be announced later
14/03/2015 - Miami - USA
04/04/2015 - Los Angeles - USA
09/05/2015 - Monte-Carlo - Monaco
30/05/2015 - Berlin - Germany
27/06/2015 - London - UK
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British driver Mike Conway refused performances in the Formula E team Dragon Racing. Recently Conway, in this season on a regular basis competed in IndyCar, joined Toyota in the LMP1 category of the world championship WEC, and will not be able to combine performances in two Championships.
"I wish good luck to all the guys from Dragon, " said Conway. - Sorry, but I will not act in Formula E. I couldn't have a team full season, so we decided that I better focus on my program sportspromotion".
Conway Dragon Racing will replace the other pilot IndyCar Oriol Servia. He participated in tests of the Formula E for Dragon along with Conway, and only at the last moment was replaced by Jerome D Ambrosio.
The first race of the new Formula E, where pilots will fight on machines with electric motors, kicks off next week, September 13, in Beijing. It will be attended by 10 teams and 20 drivers.
The pilots of Formula E season 2014/2015 years
Team - Racer - Racer
Amlin Aguri - Katherine Legge - Antonio Felix da Costa
Magazine Autosport Andretti - Frank Montagna - 160
Audi Sport ABT - Lucas di Grassi - Daniel ABT
China Racing - Nelson Piquet Jr - Ho-Pin Tung
Dragon Racing - Oriol Servia - Jerome D Ambrosio
e.dams - Nicolas Prost - Sebastien Buemi
Mahindra Racing - Karun Chandhok - Bruno Senna
TrulliGP - Jarno Trulli - Michela, Cerruti
Venturi Grand Prix - Nick Heidfeld - Stefan Sarazin
Virgin Racing - Jaime Alguersuari - Sam Bird
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Lucas di Grassi quite strongly reacted to the results of voting conducted on the official website of TV SPEEDTV and related clashes between pilots Mercedes Grand Prix of Belgium."64 of fans don't understand racing and don't understand them, " said di Grassi. - Unpleasant to me this statistics Golosovanie showed that 52 was found guilty of Nico Rosberg, 12 - Lewis Hamilton, while 36 thought it was a racing incident.
Team China Racing called the pilots, who will play for the team in the first season of championship racing cars Formula E. They were ex-pilot of Formula 1 Nelson Piquet Jr. and former test pilot teams Williams and Renault Ho-Pin Tung, the first Chinese rider, who sat behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. The new series kicks off in early September.
Piquet Jr "I always liked to test themselves in various racing categories, so I'm glad to get the opportunity to speak in the Formula e to Be a racer the first FIA Formula E is a great honor for me, especially with team China Racing, which tries to establish itself in Motorsport".
Ho-Pin Tung "It's great to be one of the riders China Racing in Formula E, especially considering that the first stage of the series will be held in Beijing. I tested the car Formula E a few months ago, and to get used to electric racing car was really difficult. I look forward to a fantastic start of the season in Beijing."
The pilots of Formula E season 2014/2015 years
Team - Racer - Racer
Amlin Aguri - Katherine Legge - Antonio Felix da Costa
Magazine Autosport Andretti - Frank Montagna - 160
Audi Sport ABT - Lucas di Grassi - Daniel ABT
China Racing - Nelson Piquet Jr - Ho-Pin Tung
Dragon Racing - Mike Conway - Jerome D Ambrosio
e.dams - Nicolas Prost - Sebastien Buemi
Mahindra Racing - Karun Chandhok - Bruno Senna
TrulliGP - Jarno Trulli - Michela, Cerruti
Venturi Grand Prix - Nick Heidfeld - Stefan Sarazin
Virgin Racing - Jaime Alguersuari - Sam Bird
Former Formula 1 driver Jerome D Ambrosio will take part in the debut season of Formula E. Belgian signed a contract with the Dragon Racing, where it will perform together with Mike Conway. After the announcement of the contract with D Ambrosio, in the Formula E were only three vacancies.
Jerome D Ambrosio "I am incredibly excited about the fact that I will perform for Dragon Racing in the historic first season of Formula E. In recent months I have watched closely, as in a team approach to the organization of all processes, and feel now, that together we can achieve excellent results in the debut season".
JC Penske, the owner of the team "I am very glad that Jerome will be one of two riders Dragon Racing. Watching his performances in Formula 1 and the last tests of the Formula E, I'm sure Jerome together with our other racers will be a formidable force".
The pilots of Formula E on the season 2014/2015 years
Command - Racer - Racer
Amlin Aguri - Katherine Legge - Antonio Felix da Costa
Andretti Magazine Autosport - Frank Montagna - 160
ABT Audi Sport - Lucas di Grassi - Daniel ABT
China Racing- 160 - 160
Dragon Racing - Mike Conway - Jerome D Ambrosio
e.dams - Nicolas Simple - Sebastien Buemi
Mahindra Racing - Karun Chandhok - Bruno
TrulliGP - Jarno Trulli Michela Cerruti
Venturi Grand Prix - Nick Heidfeld - Stefan Sarrazin
Virgin Racing - Jaime Algersuari - Sam Bird
On Thursday in the British road Donington Park has completed the second formal session of tests Formula E. As in the first day, the best time showed pilot e.dams Sebastien Buemi, more than 0.8 seconds improving yesterday's result - 131.083 seconds.
The second day showed the representative of the ABT Audi Sport Lucas di Grassi, ahead of Jerome D Ambrosio. Unlike environment, today on the track worked 19 pilots. Among the participants were joined by Nick Heidfeld, who replaced Stefan Sarazzin as part Venturi, and the China team Racing put a second car, at the wheel which sat Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez.
Sebastien Buemi "We had a very good day. In the morning the team focused on working for the racing distance, trying to reach as many circles, and find the optimum temperature of operation tyres and batteries. During the day the work was continued, and then I drove a few laps in the qualifying mode.
I thank the team because she is well-prepared car. This instills confidence and allow you to hit " let's see if we can improve next time".
1. Sbome - e.dams-Renault - 131.083
2. LDI Grassi - ABT Audi Sport - 131.282
3. D Ambrosio - China Racing - 131.651
4. SSPE Andretti magazine Autosport - 131.810
6. Debt - ABT Audi Sport - 132.080
7. Nproc - e.dams-Renault - 132.124
8. N. Heidfeld - Venturi - 132.126
9. Atruly - Trulli - 132.479
10. BSANNA - Mahindra Racing - 132.506
11. Fontanyi Andretti magazine Autosport - 132.512
12. Hangersal - Virgin Racing - 132.583
14. Oserve - Dragon Racing - 133.083
15. Hopes - China Racing - 133.425
16. Cherruti - Trulli - 133.544
17. Convey - Dragon Racing - 133.692
18. Clegg - Amlin Aguri - 133.778
19. Fleiner - Amlin Aguri - 138.988
In English Donington Park started the second series of the official tests Formula E. on the first day the best time again showed the pilot e.dams Sebastien Buemi, who rode the range 131.910. He 0.063 seconds exceeded the previous record set by Lucas di Grassi on Friday.
Pilot ABT Audi Sport di Grassi this time was the third, conceding more and Gerome D Ambrosio who is struggling for a place in the composition of China Ricing. This time the test was attended by 18 riders - two commands, China Racing and Venturi, put up for tests only on one machine.
Sebastien Buemi "Good and very productive day, but we did not try to show the best time, and tried to better understand the car and tried different settings of the engine. The machine is reliable, the team worked fine. Great to operate the machine on which you can rely on, and in which at any moment can be added. We still have some work to do, but overall it was an enjoyable day."
1. Sbome - e.dams-Renault - 131.910
2. D Ambrosio - China Racing - 132.035
3. LDI Grassi - ABT Audi Sport - 132.260
4. Sarazzin - Venturi - 132.462
5. Hangersal - Virgin Racing - 132.495
6. Nproc - e.dams-Renault - 132.671
7. BSANNA - Mahindra Racing - 132.809
8. Sard - Virgin Racing - 132.858
9. Debt - ABT Audi Sport - 132.875
10. Atruly - Trulli - 133.165
11. Oserve - Dragon Racing - 133.844
12. Coanchor - Mahindra Racing - 134.249
13. Cherruti - Trulli - 134.538
14. SSPE Andretti magazine Autosport - 134.871
15. Convey - Dragon Racing - 135.643
16. Clegg - Amlin Aguri - 135.936
17. Fleiner - Amlin Aguri - 136.184
18. Fontanyi Andretti magazine Autosport - 139.568
Racer Abt Audi Sport Lucas di Grassi showed the best time in the second day of a two-day test equation E on the track Donington Park. The Brazilian drove the lap in 131.973 ahead of Sebastien Buemi of e.dams-Renault and nick Heidfeld of the Venturi.
Di Grassi worked on two machines, in the absence of Daniel ABT that this weekend is in the GP2 series. The Brazilian 3.5 seconds exceeded yesterday achievement of Buemi. This significant improvement was due to the fact that after several accidents was removed temporary Chicana, located at the outlet of the Old stud.
However, before the riders showed better results than the first day of the tests, in the morning Jerome D Ambrosio in the car of the China team Racing was able to lap in 134.554, nearly a second faster than yesterday's achievements.
Lucas di Grassi "I first worked behind the wheel of this car in full force and a very happy with the performance. Since Daniel is now at Silverstone because of performances in GP2, I used both machines and was able to work in racing conditions. We have almost no problems, and I am very pleased with how the team worked on Abt. I look forward to the moment when will again be in the car next week".
The Time - Difference - Circles
1. LDI Grassi - Abt - 131.973 - -
2. Sbome - e.dams - 132.089 - +0"116
3. Nailfold - Venturi - 132.373 - +0"400
4. SSPE Andretti - 132.632 - +0"559
5. BSANNA - Mahindra - 132.960 - +0"987
6. Agarcia - China - 132.966 - +0"993
7. Nproc - e.dams - 133.040 - +1"067
8. Sard - Virgin - 133.072 - +1"099
9. D Ambrosio - China - 133.178 - +1"205
10. Atruly - Trulli - 133.299 - +1"326
11. Fontanyi Andretti - 133.754 - +1"781
12. Fleiner - Aguri - 133.792 - +1"819
13. Sarrazin - Venturi - 134.006 - +2"033
14. Clegg - Aguri - 134.071 - +2"098
15. Cherruti - Trulli - 136.064 - +4"091
16. Hangersal - Virgin - 136.962 - +4"989
17. Coanchor - Mahindra - 137.415 - +5"442
18. Oserve - Dragon - 143.239 - +11"037
19. Convey - Dragon - 144.698 - +12"725
In the UK, on the track Donington Park, concluded the first day of the official two-day test session of the Formula E. In they took part in all ten teams of the future series.
Unlike held in June of sendaune, on which the riders and teams were able for the first time to evaluate new cars, this time without rain, and the pilots were able to attack with full force. The best time eventually showed Sebastien Buemi of e.dams-Renault, half a second ahead of the racer ABT Audi Sport Lucas di Grassi.
Sebastien Buemi "Frankly speaking, I am more than happy. The machine was not absolutely no problems, so that we could do well to study its behavior. Always nice to be on the first line, so let's hope that tomorrow everything will be the same".
1. Sbome - e.dams-Renault - 135.475
2. LDI Grassi - ABT Audi Sport - +0.537
3. Sard - Virgin Racing - +0.895
4. BSANNA - Mahindra Racing - +0.910
5. Sarrazin - Venturi - +1.223
6. Nproc - e.dams-Renault - +of 1,232
7. Atruly - Trulli - +1.494
8. Debt - ABT Audi Sport - +1.737
9. Hangersal - Virgin Racing - +1.970
10. Coanchor - Mahindra Racing - +2.057
11. Fontanyi Andretti magazine Autosport - +2.587
12. Ada Costa Amlin Aguri - +2.604
13. D Ambrosio - China Racing - +2.611
14. Agarcia - China Racing - +2.729
15. Nailfold - Venturi - +5.269
16. Convey - Dragon Racing - +5.693
17. IDE Ferrand Andretti magazine Autosport - +9.497
18. SSPE Andretti magazine Autosport - +10.434
19. Clegg - Amlin Aguri - +12.821
20. Cherruti - Trulli - without time
This year mark Wife took part in the famous 24-hour race of Le Mans for the wheel of the Audi, together with Lucas di Grassi and Tom Christensen finishing second in the LMP1 class. Spanish rider talked about the difference between endurance racing on Formula 1.
Mark Wife, "Race in Le Mans special. Prestigious victory in the marathon can only be the title of the champion of Formula 1. In General, the technical requirements of Le Mans correspond to the spirit of the time - saving fuel efficient cars. It attracts viewers. In Formula 1 is much more debate on the theme of the technical regulations. I find it hard to evaluate, but I understand people who are unhappy that have to save fuel. Nobody argues that even five years ago in the Formula 1 race were more of a sprint.
I don't like modern Formula 1 with the unusual shape of the nose fairing and small spoilers. Outwardly I prefer machines 2007 or 2008. Another difference of Le Mans from Formula 1 - the atmosphere on the track. Racers are much closer to the viewers, fans have the chance to walk around the paddock, get an autograph.
At the start of Le Mans can go not only professional drivers, but also of Amateurs, paying for their performances. Some of them scares the track, because of what they were going too slowly. Of course, they receive a license, which assumes that the pilot corresponds to a certain level, but this filter does not seem to me quite strict. For example, one of the cars Ferrari was too slow, and its pilots just didn't look in the mirror, so when overtaking had to act cautiously.
Fans love Formula 1 for the struggle on the track, but maybe of interest to the championship would be higher if the pilots were at a greater risk. I don't want to say that we should do less secure machine, but do not deny that one of the attractive features of Le Mans is a high probability of accidents.
This year Fernando Alonso was an honorary guest of Le Mans and gave start to the day marathon. Mark's Wife believes that once Alonso will take part in the race "I saw a sparkle in his eyes - Fernando wanted to sit behind the wheel. Believe me, one day he will participate in Le Mans, but I doubt it will happen before he will finish his career in Formula 1. Fernando thousand times I've said that fascinate these machines.
Fernando Alonso admitted that he was ready to act in Le Mans, if will return to the factory team Ferrari."I still under the impression from what he saw at Le Mans, " said Alonso. Is something special, incredible, indescribable in words. Our team strives for the race 24 hours of Le Mans, the trail beckons Ferrari. And I had to talk to di Montezemolo that would like to be there when the Scuderia will return to the championship WEC".THE last weekend Audi has made a victorious double in Le Mans. The marathon was won by the crew of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Adra of Lotterer, the second place at a repeated winner of Le Mans Tom Christensen, a company which amounted to two ex-pilot of the Formula 1 Lucas di Grassi and mark's Wife. Third place went to the team Toyota, which was introduced two former pilot of the Formula 1 Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi and Nicholas Lapierre Porsche, which was mark Webber, took the lead in the three hours before the end of the marathon. However, an hour later faced technical problems, and race ended prematurely in boxes.
After a career in Formula 1, Lucas di Grassi has signed a contract with Audi and has made some progress in the WEC. The Brazilian has been raised this year to the podium in Spa and hopes to repeat this result in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Lucas di Grassi "In Le Mans is not so important qualification. The main thing is that the car was effective in the race, and Audi competitive. We have achieved quite good results, so it should be made sure that the machine is as effective as in the Spa. In this case, the race must be successful.
Formula 1 I continue to monitor developments in the championship. Now there is a good season the rules have changed, a new approach. In the leading group is interesting fight, so this is an exciting season."
Team Toyota has won qualification in Le Mans - the crew at number 7 in Kazuki the Nakajima, Alex Wurz and Stefan Sarrasine will begin 24-hour marathon from pole position.
Two cars commands Porsche from the very beginning the training took the lead. 45 minutes after the beginning of the session because of an accident James Callado stewards had to post on the track red flags. The session was suspended for 25 minutes, but soon after its renewal was wrong, the Audi driver Lucas di Grassi - Brazilian launched between turns Indianapolis and Arnage, after which he damaged the car slowly returned to the boxes. Near the entrance to the pit lane young driver Leo Russell Morgan Nissan number 29, trying to avoid collision with di Grassi, has not coped with management, flew over the track and crashed the car. At the same time, in turn Dunlop flew Porsche at number 79, so the session was stopped red flags for another twelve minutes.
Fifteen minutes before the interval between qualifying sessions Kazuki Nakajima drove in 322.589, three tenths ahead of Timo Bernhard from Porsche. In the second qualifying session, Toyota continued to dominate the best time again managed to show the crew at number 7 - 321.789 seconds. For comparison, last year's pole position for Audi was 322.349 seconds.
The second place to start in the LMP1 category was won by the crew of Porsche as part of Mark Liba, Nile Jani and Dumas Novel with the result 322.146 seconds. The best of crews Audi part Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis showed the fifth time.
In the category LMP2 fastest crew was at number 46 of the team TDS Racing Pierre Tire, Louis Badi, Christian Gommendy - 337.609 seconds. The best of Russian pilots was the newcomer Le Mans mark Shulzycki. Along with teammates Alex Brandl and Anna Matebore he qualified third in its class. The fourth result in this class showed the crew at number 26 in the composition of the Novel Rusinova, Olivier PLA and Julien, Kanala. Two cars SMP Racing qualified on the eleventh Kirill Ladygin, Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani and twelfth Sergey Zlobin, Mika Salo, Antonio Ladygin places in its class.
In the category of GTE Pro fastest was the Ferrari team AF Corse at number 51, at the wheel which act supports child priority Bruni, Tony Wilander and Giancarlo Fisichella - 353.700 seconds. In the category of GTE Am the advantage was on the side of pilots Italian team - pole won the crew at number 81 in the composition of Stephen Witte, Michel Rugolo and Sam Byrd. The team SMP Racing as part Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaitar and Alexey Basov qualified fifth in GTE Am.
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Former Formula 1 driver Frank Montagna, in recent years the speakers in the races of endurance and worked commentator on Canal+, has signed a contract with the team Andretti magazine Autosport new series Formula E.
Parties connect old attitudes - in 2008, the Frenchman spoke in ALMS for Andretti Green Racing, and in 2009 he made his debut in Indycar with the same team, and this year drove with her "500 miles of Indianapolis".
Frank Montagna "I am honored once again to speak with Andretti magazine Autosport and Michael Andretti. I worked a lot with them in 2008, 2009 and this year, the cooperation in the new field of racing in cars with electric engine promises to be interesting.
I am convinced that such technology in the future will become a part of everyday life. This series will help you quickly develop new solutions as last Formula 1 contributed to the development of technologies for conventional vehicles."
Montagna became the seventh confirmed racer new series, five of them - he, Lucas di Grassi, Jaime Alguersuari, Bruno and Karun Chandhok first competed in Formula 1.
The name of the second pilot Andretti magazine Autosport not confirmed yet.
The organizers of the first race of the championship FIA race cars of Formula E, to be held in Beijing, presented the track configuration. As on all other stages of the series, the team will use a temporary city track. It will be built around the famous stadium «bird's nest», where took place the opening and closing of the Olympic games in 2008.
The scheme of the route developed by designer Rodrigo Nungesser, who worked in close contact with the FIA. Track length to 3.44 km, during which housed 20 turns. To overcome route drivers will be counterclockwise. Separate attention deserves the original u-shaped pit lane with inside spectator area, through which fans will be able to monitor the progress of pit-stops with the minimum distance.
Lucas di Grassi, the pilot Abt Audi Sport Formula E Team «the Track in Beijing is an amazing place. Riders will be very difficult to find it on the limits and the best opportunities for overtaking. The most obvious place is probably turns 1, 2, 6, 19 and 20.
The route will also require machinery good grip and stability on the brake, which will help the energy recuperation system. In addition, this is the first track of the championship, so that all drivers will have to be on the warpath The pit lane is also unique, as the racers will have to learn to do everything right, because during the pit stop they will change one machine to another.»
The first stage equation E must pass 13-14 September 2014.
After just seven months to take place the first stage of the world championship on races on electric cars on the streets of Beijing will debut competition Formula E. Organizers of the new season in full swing conduct preparatory work, the staff of the London headquarters of the Formula E 45 employees, and in the next month there will be 30 specialists.
«Everything is on schedule, - assured Alejandro , the head of management of the Formula E, in an interview with the British journalist James Allen. - We have just tested the first testing machine with battery with a larger capacity, and without failures drove 55 circles at the test site near Paris. In Williams perfectly worked on the creation of such batteries.
A significant part of organizational work is behind us. There are cities, which will be held race, a team and riders. In the coming weeks, the team will gradually declare their compositions to follow Audisport ABT, which are confirmed by former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi and pilot DTM Daniel ABT».
Still one of the fundamental problems of the Formula E remains the battery, so until adheres to the original concept of the races, the essence of which is reduced through the whole race drivers have to go back in the boxes, and change to the second machine. However, it is not excluded that the race may be slightly differently and consist of two 30-minute races with a short break between them, where the pilots will change machine and TV company, the leading broadcasting, will conduct advertising pause. A similar model in its time Flavio Briatore offered to enter in Formula 1, as consumers were dissatisfied with frequent interruptions during live broadcast of the Grand Prix.
Presumably, can be realized another interesting idea two cars, which uses racer for the course will be configured differently. One allows expending energy from the batteries more economically, the second attack more aggressively. If this idea will be implemented, will this bring to the competition of the Formula E a curious tactical component.
According to forecasts, the costs of participating teams in the Formula E will be comparable with the cost of teams in the series GP2 work during the season with two machines cost about 2.5 million pounds. The organizers of the new championship plan in July and August spend on British autodrome in Donington two full simulation of the race weekend, to work out all the organizational, technical and sports procedures.
As it was announced earlier, the team ABT Sportsline called riders, who will perform in for her first championship on races on cars Formula E. Composition was quite predictable the riders, the team began Daniel ABT, the son of the owner of the team, Hans-Jurgen ABT, Lucas di Grassi, until recently acted as test pilot for the series.
Daniel ABT in 2009 won the German Formula Masters in part ABT Sportsline. Last season a 21-year-old German held in the GP2 series, where he played for ART Grand Prix and took the 22nd place in the championship, gaining 11 points.
Lucas di Grassi in 2010 competed in Formula 1 team Virgin, but no points scored. Last two seasons he spent in the race , speaking for the factory team Audi partner ABT Sportsline. Championship Formula E starts in September, and until then the di Grassi will continue performances in the WEC. The beginning of the season in the Formula E Brazilians will have 30 years.
Hans-Jurgen ABT «the Signing of contracts with Daniel and Lucas made us absolutely perfect pair of pilots. I am grateful to Audi, which let Lucas for participation in the Formula E. It from the very beginning participated in work at the machine and was one of the most popular candidates - we are proud of the fact that he chose us».
Promoters of a series of races cars Formula E called the last eight pilots included in the Club racers membership means that the pilots are ready to act in the championship.82328232
In the final top five Nicolas , Alex Brandl and Paintings , Conor Delhi, former «the Stig» from the transfer Top Gear Ben Collins and two former pilot of the Formula 1 - Jaime and Christian Wedge.
Jaime «I am delighted to join «the Club racers of Formula Is, This series is a new dimension of Motorsport in which pilots will have to per day study the configuration of the tracks centers in capitals as London and Beijing».
The list was quite surprising, but the membership in the Club, just a statement of intent, not to guarantee a place in the championship. Now everything depends on the choice of ten teams.
Racer - Country
Age - the Last series
Daniel ABT - Germany
21 - GP2
Christian Albers - Holland
34 - FIA WEC
Jaime - Spain
23 - Formula 1
Marco - USA
26 - Indycar
Sebastien - France
34 - Indycar
Alex Brandl - UK
23 - FIA WEC
Sebastien - Switzerland
25 - FIA WEC, Formula 1
Karun - India
30 - FIA WEC
Ben Collins - Great Britain
38 - LMS
Conor Delhi - USA
22 - Indycar
Robert - Holland
32 - Superleague
Lucas di Grassi - Brazil
29 - FIA WEC
John Hildebrand-ml - USA
26 - Indycar
MA Qing Hua China
26 - GP2, Formula 1
37 - Auto GP
Christian Wedge - Austria
31 - Auto GP, GT, LMS
Catherine - UK
33 - Indycar
Vitantonio - Italy
33 - FIA WEC
Nicolas - France
40 - FIA WEC
Frank Montagna - France
36 - FIA WEC
Takuma Sato, Japan
37 - Indycar
Bruno Senna - Brazil
30 - FIA WEC
Oriol Servius - Spain
39 - Indycar
Adrien - France
22 - DTM
In September of this year starts on the first championship on races on cars Formula E. Defined calendar and membership, and in the autumn of last year at the Frankfurt motor show has been officially presented the new machine.
The first trial took place also in the last year, however then used battery reduced capacity. Currently in France, the first full test of a new machine with full power of 200 kW.
Originally test-pilot of the Formula E was Lucas di Grassi, however, later, the FIA banned the test-pilots series speak in the first season of the championship, therefore, to enable him to participate in the series as a racer one of the teams, he found a replacement. The new pilot, whose name has not yet disclosed, commented on the progress of the testing.
«This is an amazing machine, and while we were faced with a very small number of minor problems, " he said. - For a completely new and fully electric cars all goes surprisingly well. During previous tests, we used the small battery to make sure that everything is working normally, but now everything is different. Now is racing battery and we gradually increased the number of kilowatts. Today we are testing machine at maximum capacity, the tests will last for another three weeks».
And on Thursday, February 13, we will know the name of the first pilot series - it is scheduled to announce the team ABT Sportsline serving with the support of Audi.
Former racer Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Force India and HRT, world champion of karting 2001 Vitantonio won the traditional karting tournament, organized by Felipe, who finished today in the Brazilian Singing.
Saturday's race was cancelled due to strong storms, so that everything was decided on Sunday. In the class of «stars» of this year were only two racers from Brazil - and , but they rose to the top two steps of the podium, and the Mass of the finished third, becoming the best of the Brazilians.
The fight was traditionally acute. Winner of the tournament 2008 Rubens Barrichello punched the wheel and had to go to the mechanic, the winner of the 2010 Lucas di Grassi off the track and out of the race, there were also disputes, but was stronger than all, so now the Europeans five victories in the tournament against four Brazilians.
Sunday racers had a group photo session, expressing its support for Michael Schumacher and Massa appeared in a helmet with an inscription in honor of the German driver.
The organizers of the race series cars Formula E announced the creation of a Club racers, which has already signed a contract eight pilots. These included Sebastien , Marco , Karun , Vitantonio , Adrien , MA Qing Hua, Lucas di Grassi and Takuma Sato. Contract with the Club racers means that pilots are ready in the future to take part in the championship. In addition, they will have the opportunity to test new machine.
Alejandro , head of the equation E «We are pleased to begin the New year, which is important for the Formula E, with such positive news, as the creation of the Club racers. From the beginning we talked about the desire to create an interesting racing series, but this requires first-class pilots.
After we announced the names of ten teams, all of it was interesting to hear the names of the pilots. Of course, right now we can't call them, because each team chooses the composition, but we hope that by offering commands «pool» of leading international pilots who support our series, we will be able to fulfill the promise for the conduct of exciting races on tracks in the centre of cities around the world.
In addition, we hope that this step will show the fans, broadcasters and potential sponsors, that in September, at the start of the season Formula E, they will see the pilots of the highest level».
Sebastien «I'm glad to be a part of the new Club racers of Formula E. Motorsport must be a leader in the field of development and introduction of new technologies, so it will be cool to see, what impact they will have not only on race, but on the road machines and the environment. In a series of interesting calendar, and a car Formula E should be interesting to fly».
Takuma Sato «I'm glad to be a part of the Club racers and participate in the development of Formula E. This series has great potential for the future of Motorsport and electric vehicles. I am confident that our innovative technologies will attract new fans.»
Yesterday in Las Vegas passed the first demonstration races Formula E. Behind the wheel of a new Spark-Renault SRT01E villages former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi - accompanied by a police escort Brazilian drove around the hotel and casino Mandalay Bay Resort.
Alejandro , head of the equation E «Today is a special day for the championship of the Formula E, and I am glad that we can share this experience with the company Qualcomm and our partners. The FIA have launched a project Formula E a little over a year ago, since then, the series has made significant progress and has attracted much attention. When we began this project, we had no cars, no commands, no contracts with the TV companies, nor agreements with the cities that will host stages of the championship. Now we have all that, and we are proud that we can show a new car all the participants of the project and, of course, fans.
This year is very important for the Formula E in September the championship, and it is important to start successfully. Yesterday passed the first of the many demonstration heats planned for the next few months - we want to show the maximum number of viewers what we think is the future of Motorsport.
I am glad that our car will debut in the United States this country is very important for the championship, because there are the two American teams, two races will take place in the States, stages will be broadcast by FOX Sports, and we have a new investor - owner of the Boston Celtics basketball club Vic Groesbeek. Finally, one should not overlook that the market for electric cars160 in the United States is constantly growing».