The pre-season testing rounds at
Donington Park concluded with Nico Prost coming in the fastest and ensuring
that he gets his Renault e.dams team to the top. But he was a tad lucky too as
the Frenchman set his best lap of 1:30.513s during the morning session. With
heavy rain falling towards the end of afternoon running, there was no
opportunity for anyone to lower the benchmark.
Prost’s teammate Sebastien
Buemi was the second fastest, making it a Renault e.dams one-two.
“Last week we were a bit lost
but the last two days from my side have been really positive,” he said. “We had
a really, really good pace. I’m quite happy but not over-confident as Abt was
looking really strong, Sam Bird is looking strong. Reliability for us has been
good too,” he added.
Meanwhile, at Mahindra Racing,
Bruno Senna recorded the fourth fastest timing, while his teammate Nick
Heidfeld who replaced Karun Chandhok could only muster a 14th
position in the pack of 15.
Prost was able to try the car
at 170kw, the planned race power for season two, and was pleased by the
results.“For me and my driving style I think it’s better to have more power. It
makes it a lot nicer to drive. 170kw makes it more challenging,” he said.
Before the race started all
the teams and drivers lined the pitlane to observe a minute’s silence in
respect for Justin Wilson, who succumbed overnight to the head injuries he
suffered at Pocono Pennsylvania (United States) a couple of days earlier.
“We could have done some things better, but
the most important thing is to get ready for Beijing,” Sebastien Buemi of Ranault e.dams said, adding that “so we
were not able to show what we could do. The cars seem to be good, we’ve
improved the reliability a lot, we drove in all kinds of conditions, so from
that side I’m quite happy and I’m confident we can have a strong weekend in
Beijing and I’m looking forward to seeing how the car behaves on a proper
Jerome D’Ambrosio set the
third fastest lap for Dragon Racing. He said: “We had a good day, obviously lap
times are not too representative I think at this stage. Without putting
everything together we have been relatively near the front. That’s positive but
it has been a difficult last two days with the weather, we haven’t been able to
go through the whole programme. I think we learnt a lot and can look forward to
An overnight switch to the
season one technology allowed Simona de Silvestro and Formula E newcomer Robin
Frijns to get some laps on the board for Andretti at last. Frijns actually
recorded the second fastest lap of the afternoon session with a lap of
1:31.434, completing 21 laps in the process. De Silvestro managed 11 laps as
her pre-season testing started belatedly.
The Trulli car also completed
a lap for the first time, although Vitantonio Liuzzi was unable to record a
representative time. The afternoon session also gave GP2 race winner Stefano
Coletti a first taste of the Formula E car. The Monegasque managed 20 laps for
The second season of Formula E
kicks off with the Beijing ePrix on October 17.
FIA Formula E Championship – Donington Park – Pre-season testing
(Day 6) – Results:
1. Nicolas Prost, Renault
2. Sebastien Buemi, Renault
3. Jerome D’Ambrosio, DRAGON
4. Bruno Senna, Mahindra
5. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi,
6. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin
7. Loic Duval, DRAGON RACING,
8. Robin Frijns, Andretti,
9. Jacques Villeneuve,
10. Stefano Coletti, Team
11. Simona de Silvestro,
12. Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV
13. Daniel Abt, ABT Schaeffler
Audi Sport, 1:34.384s
14. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Trulli,
no time set
Source: FIA Formula E / Motown India
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