Audi is prepared for Formula E’s London comeback

The collateral of Great Britain has supposing some motorsport play several times in a past: In a initial dual seasons of Formula E, a pretension quarrel was usually motionless in a unequivocally final race, when Lucas di Grassi was one of a protagonists on both occasions. “We have already gifted many romantic moments in a Formula E story in London,” says a Brazilian. “The domicile of a array is formed here, as is a box for many teams and drivers. You could contend that Formula E is entrance home.”

And yet, all is opposite this time in comparison to 2015 and 2016, when Formula E raced on a intensely slight and rough marks during Battersea Park. This year’s venue is a Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL) in a London Docklands, located in a easterly side of a city. A initial for a championship: a Formula E lane runs by an enclosed muster hall. “It’s a initial time that a lane is half open and half covered,” says Lucas di Grassi, after a initial laps in a simulator. His impression: “The blueprint is not utterly quick overall. It has low appetite consumption, many corners and, during initial glance, offers few overtaking opportunities, creation a circuit utterly opposite to other Formula E circuits.”

At 2.252 kilometers in length, a lane also binds countless surprises due to a changing surfaces on a indoors and outside sections. For example, opposite hold conditions and, of course, changing conditions when it rains. “The circuit in London is unequivocally opposite from anything that we’ve seen before, though that’s what Formula E is all about,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “It’s a new plea for all of a engineers and drivers. We’re scheming intensively to go into a initial use as ideally sorted as probable though it will still be a relations excursion into a unknown.”

With 4 races to go in a initial universe championship season, Formula E presents itself as sparkling as never before: 15 drivers are within only 27 points of any other. Only a singular ideal competition day can acquire a motorist 30 points (victory, stick position, fastest competition path and being fastest after a organisation theatre of qualifying). René Rast is in seventh place of a drivers’ standings before a races in London, while Lucas di Grassi is in twelfth place. In a teams’ standings, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is fourth and a many unchanging group in a field: Rast and di Grassi scored 14 times in eleven races, some-more mostly than any other squad.

“First New York, now London and afterwards Berlin, a locations for a final proviso of a deteriorate are unequivocally incredible,” says René Rast. “I’ve never driven on a circuit like a one in London in my career. The blueprint and a whole environment are totally new domain for all of us and something unequivocally special. It promises to be a good adventure.”

London will horde dual races during a weekend. The start time is during 3 p.m. internal time (4 p.m. CEST) on Saturday and 2 p.m. internal time (3 p.m. CEST) on Sunday. Fronted by Vernon Kay both London races will be shown live on Channel 4, as good as accessible around a on-demand streaming height All4. All of a general broadcasters, including a promote times, can be found online during www.fiaformulae.com.

In further to a Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler bureau team, a Envision Virgin Racing patron group will also be racing for points with a e-tron FE07, that was grown by Audi. This season, Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns are competing for a British patrol which, like Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, has been a member of a Formula E family given a initial competition in 2014. With 6 lectern finishes in a deteriorate so far, Envision Virgin Racing leads a teams’ standings.