Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the Diriyah E-Prix.

Munich. This coming weekend, Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship will kick off at the Diriyah E-Prix (KSA) with two
races. Our preview provides you with the most important facts about
the circuit and the key factors for a successful Diriyah E-Prix. You
can find the BMW i Motorsport Media Guide for Season 6 attached to
this Media Information and also access it here:
It contains detailed information on the technology of the BMW i
drivetrain and the BMW iFE.20, as well as background on the
technology transfer between motorsport and production development,
on the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and the drivers.




Circuit length

2.494 km. Clockwise.


turns, 9 left and 12 right. Turns 1-14 are particularly
interesting: fast and fluid, whole passage leads downhill
and is very demanding technically.

Track surface

Bumpy in parts. Pronounced bump on the main
straights. Newly integrated drainage to prevent standing
water when it rains.

Grip level

Medium. Sand on the track.

Circuit layout

Very demanding. Particularly the fluid, fast
turns between turns 1 and 14. An error there leads to either
a damaged car or a major loss of time.

Tyre wear

Greater strain on the rear axle, particularly
to the rear left.

Brake wear

Medium to low. Only a few hard braking zones
due to the fluid first sector straights.

Attack Zone

ATTACK MODE is activated between turn 18 and 19.

Pit lane

design compared to season 5.

Risk of crashes

High. Safety car or Full Course Yellow likely.

Key factors

Energy management, qualifying position, good
car balance (particularly in T1-T14).



Quotes ahead of the Diriyah E-Prix:


Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“As the team heads back to the venue of its debut win in Season 5,
and following a successful Valencia pre-season test, there is
obviously some excitement ahead of the race weekend in Diriyah.
However, we know that all of our competitors have been working hard
and therefore we don’t underestimate the challenge ahead of us. Both
Alexander and Maximilian have been very focused on their preparations
for the first races of the season. With the new sporting regulations
impacting how the energy is used during a race incident, we should see
a move back to more energy limited racing. This should showcase the
efficiencies of the BMW drivetrain. The double header format of the
opening event always makes it slightly more challenging, but it is a
very experienced crew at BMW i Andretti Motorsport that is well
prepared for this challenge.”


Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m glad that the waiting for the season-opener is over now. After a
lot of intensive testing we feel well prepared for Diriyah. Last
season we got off to a great start there, so let’s hope for a good
weekend. The track in Diriyah is a mixture of two different
characters. The first section reminds me a bit of the mountain section
in Macau: very demanding corners, very narrow streets. Then you have
the second part which is pretty wide and straight with harder braking
zones. That’s a really good combination.”


Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m really looking forward to contesting my first races for BMW i
Andretti Motorsport after all the preparation. We completed our test
programme without any major problems and should be well positioned. We
will only see where we really stand at the season opener. I really
enjoy the track in Diriyah. It goes up and down, and there are a lot
of fast turns. The key to a fast lap time is in the winding middle
sector. There is a good opportunity to overtake on the back straight.”


The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the six days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are three ways to
vote: Online at,
via the official Formula E App or on Twitter using the hashtag
#FANBOOST plus the drivers first and last name as a one-word hashtag.


Hashtags of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers:




The BMW i Safety Cars.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 6. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars:
The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100
km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been specially modified
for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car (combined
fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. The BMW i
fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100
km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2
emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and the BMW 530e (combined
fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption:
13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)*
in its role as “Medical Car”.