Racing has officially announced that Nick Heidfeld will team up with their
existing driver Bruno Senna for the second season for the Formula E
Championship. The duo incidentally came in 6th and 7th on
the first day testing that kicked off season two at Donington Park in England.
initial bragging rights went to Sebastien Buemi of Renault e.dams, who set the
pace during a day that was interrupted by a brief rain shower in the mid-afternoon.
The quickest time of 1:32.092s, compares to Buemi’s best time of 1:31.083s, set
during the penultimate day of pre-season testing last year.
Coming to Heidfeld,
the new Mahindra Racing driver who replaced Karun Chandhok, is a Le Mans and former
Formula 1 driver for numerous teams. He will drive the Mahindra Racing’s second
generation car, the M2Electro in the coming 2015-2016 season of Formula E
alongside Bruna Senna.
Chandok, after the dismissal has hinted that he might be heading towards
Sportscar Racing in the near future.
racing in Formula E for the 2014-15 season with the Venturi Racing team and had
a best finish of 12th place out of his 11 starts in the season. The German
driver has started work immediately for the team at the pre season testing at
Donnigton Park. Currently both drivers sit in 6th and 7th
with Senna leading the way for Mahindra on Day 1 of testing.
the first day of testing was the first public outing for the season two
technology, with eight new manufacturers producing powertrains. However,
neither Andretti – in its new Amlin livery, nor Trulli completed a lap,
although both teams expect to run on August 11, 2015.
It was also
the first time new Venturi signing Jacques Villeneuve had driven a Formula E
car in public. The 1997 Formula 1 world champion ended up in 14th place with a
best time of 1:38.176s.
Dillmann made his Formula E test debut for Team Aguri, completing a few
exploratory laps in the wet ahead of a full run tomorrow. There were familiar
faces in unfamiliar colours as Jean-Eric Vergne made his public test debut for
DS Virgin Racing, while Nick Heidfeld had his first outing as a Mahindra Racing
FIA Formula E
Championship – Donington Park – Pre-season testing (Day 1) – Results:
Buemi, Renault e.dams, 1:32.095s
2. Lucas di
Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, 1:32.158s
Prost, Renault e.dams, 1:32.286s
4. Sam Bird,
DS Virgin Racing, 1:32.523s
Duran, Team Aguri, 1:32.549s
Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:35.653s
Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, 1:35.700s
D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, 1:36.324s
Dillmann, Team Aguri, 1:36.329s
Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:36.361s
Vergne, DS Virgin Racing, 1:36.704s
Duval, Dragon Racing, 1:37.987s
Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR, 1:38.052s
Villeneuve, Venturi, 1:38.176s
Trulli, Trulli, no time set
16. Simona de
Silvestro, Andretti, no time set
the month, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile approved the
homologation of the eight manufacturers that are providing powertrains to the
10 teams competing in the second season of the all-electric FIA Formula E
2015/2016 season, which begins in Beijing on October 17, the series will become
an open championship allowing manufacturers to pursue their own in-house
innovations, beginning with the development of bespoke powertrains.
In order to
limit costs and promote investment and innovation in the most important areas,
the manufacturers’ scope is initially limited to the powertrain – specifically
the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. All other parts
on the cars will remain as they are, with the aim being to prevent costly
Of the 10
teams, eight will utilise their own powertrains whilst Dragon Racing will
partner with Venturi to run the French manufacturer’s powertrain and the
re-named Team Aguri will remain with season one’s SRT01-e package.
The 10 teams that
made their public debuts at the first official pre-season test at Donington
Park on August 10 were :
Schaeffler Audi Sport (DEU)
Formula E Team (USA)
Racing Formula E Team (GBR)
Racing Formula E Team (IND)
Formula E Team (CHN)
Formula E Team (CHE)
Formula E Team (MCO)
said: “I am very excited to join Mahindra Racing for the second Formula E
season. Mahindra's high ambitions are aligned with lessons learned from season
one and actions taken for year two. When I tested the M2Electro in Spain, I
found a determined team that shares my racing passion. My target is to win and
I believe our combined experience and skills will ensure we maximise our
Mahindra, chairman and managing director of the Mahindra Group said: “Nick’s
appointment marks a new milestone in the journey of the Mahindra Racing team.
This year, we race not only under the Mahindra brand but in a Mahindra
developed and powered car. This is a significant moment in what is proving to
be a global showcase for electric vehicle technology and I look forward to
seeing Nick take the wheel of the M2Electro in Beijing.”
Source: FIA Formula E