I am looking forward to the race this weekend in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday and Sunday. This race closes out the 2017/2018 season and will determine the team and driver who have accumulated the highest points.
The following will familiarize you with the important points of the Formula E race and the images are of the Venturi Team drivers and the car that all teams are using (There are some modifications enabled by FIA rules—I will discuss this in a later article). The Venturi team have invited me to their Paddock for interviews and discussion.
All the Formula E race events consist of two practice sessions, an opening 45-minute session followed by a further 30-minute session. Drivers each have two cars at their disposal with 200kW available throughout. (Next year there will be a new vehicle available to all teams which be able to complete the race with only that one car instead of two)
The Venturi team drivers (Image courtesy of FIA)
There is a qualifying session which lasts one hour and has drivers divided into groups, with each group having six minutes to achieve their best lap. Full power of 200kW is available throughout with drivers only able to use one car. The five fastest drivers then go out one-by-one in the Super Pole shoot-out. The fifth fastest driver from the group stages goes out first, when that driver crosses the line to start his flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fourth fastest driver heads out onto the track and so on.
Races, or E-Prix, begin with a standing start (no formation lap). Drivers lineup on a dummy grid and slowly file into position for the start of the race. The race lasts for approximately 50 minutes. In race mode the maximum power is restricted to 170kW, but the three winning FanBoost drivers each receive an extra 100kJ of energy to be used in a power window between 180kW and 200kW.
PIT STOPS/CAR CHANGES
During the races, drivers must make one mandatory pit stop in order to change cars. This must take place in their garage and be observed by a FIA steward. A minimum time period will also be enforced. Tire changes, unless caused by a puncture or damage, are not permitted during this pit stop.
Stay tuned for my pre-race interview with the team, photos and videos of the race and post-race report.