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Beijing Formula E track
Beijing Formula E track
Circuit: Formula E Beijing ePrix
Location: Olympic Park
Date: 24 October 2015
Length: 3.439km
Turns: 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking place on Saturday, 24 October 2015, the Formula E Beijing ePrix is set around the grounds of China’s iconic Olympic Park, the venue for the 2008 Olympic Games and home of the Bird’s Nest stadium. At 3.439km in length and featuring 17 turns, the anti-clockwise temporary circuit has been custom made by designer Rodrigo Nunes, working in close cooperation with the FIA, the Republic of China Motor Sport Federation (FASC), the Olympic Park Committee, the Beijing Mayor and the Chinese Government. The circuit boasts an impressive cityscape backdrop taking in both the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself. It will see the 20 Formula E drivers tackle a mix of tight left-hand turns – offering late braking and overtaking opportunities – together with twisty chicanes and two main straights. In addition, the track features a unique ‘U-shaped’ pitlane with spectator areas located inside giving fans and an incredible close-up view of the action.

View the official programme here

Driver’s guide

Lucas di Grassi, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport:

“It’s an incredible location and an amazing track, the longest circuit we visit on the Formula E calendar. It’s around a very iconic area in the Olympic Park and the ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium. I think there will be a very different dynamic this season compared to last year as all the teams and drivers have much more experience. This year they have removed turn three, four and five which was a very tight and slow chicane at the start of the lap leading to a 90-degree corner. That will make the track flow much better, be much faster and hopefully improve chances of overtaking. The most challenging part of the track follows on from the new part. It’s a combination of three or fours corners, a chicane and a left-hander that narrows. Crucial to get right on a qualifying lap. The maximum race power has been increased to 170kW, that means for the same amount of distance to cover we’ll have to regenerate and save much more energy. Efficiency will be key to run higher power for longer.”

2014 Race results

Beijing Formula E

POS NO DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME GAP KPH BEST ON LAP
01 11 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 25 52:23.413 1:46.718 19
02 27 Franck Montagny Andretti 25 52:26.280 +2.867s 1:46.640 24
03 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 25 52:29.972 +6.559s 1:46.563 21
04 88 Charles Pic Andretti 25 52:42.714 +19.301s 1:46.730 23
05 5 Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 25 52:47.365 +23.952s 1:45.892 20
06 7 Jerome d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 25 52:55.077 +31.664s 1:47.313 24
07 6 Oriol Servia Dragon Racing 25 53:05.381 +41.968s 1:47.361 21
08 1 Nelson Piquet NEXTEV TCR 25 53:07.309 +43.896s 1:47.819 18
09 30 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 25 53:07.388 +43.975s 1:47.832 17
10 66 Daniel Abt * Audi Sport ABT 25 53:25.920 +1:02.507s 1:46.551 17
11 3 Jaime Alguersuari * Virgin Racing 25 54:24.026 +2:00.613s 1:47.914 7
12 8 Nicolas Prost (P) * e.dams-Renault 24 50:31.252 +1 lap 1:46.227 24
13 23 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 24 50:31.881 +1 lap 1:46.214 24
14 18 Michela Cerruti Trulli 24 52:41.375 +1 lap 1:49.469 15
15 77 Katherine Legge * Amlin Aguri 24 53:24.538 +1 lap 1:48.753 21
16 88 Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 23 53:58.750 +2 laps 1:48.793 16
17 55 Takuma Sato (FL) Amlin Aguri 21 50:52.279 1:45.101 21
18 9 Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 14 37:24.671 1:45.874 13
19 10 Jarno Trulli Trulli 2 41:22.799 1:52.596 2
20 21 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing

http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2015-beijing/beijing-circuit.aspx