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18th September 2014, 17:57 at 5:57 pm #274988
If you’re going to this year’s race and are going to be tweeting from it do let me know below as I’ll be on the lookout for feedback from fans at the track from the weekend in Tweets articles.15th September 2014, 15:17 at 3:17 pm #274764
Sainz was unlucky in qualifying for the first race – the red flag came out when it did and left him 14th. From there he drove a great first lap, made a couple of good passes. He seemed a bit ineffective against Gasly though.
In race two he didn’t start well from the front row (as in race one he was on the dirty side again), and his car seemed to cut out at the exit of turn one on the first lap which cost him a couple more places. He then made his mistake when behind Rowland.
I’d say he had a slightly unlucky weekend, amplified by a couple of untimely errors. But he’s going to be feeling the heat now – Merhi is really bearing down on him.15th September 2014, 11:01 at 11:01 am #274741
British Touring Car drivers not covering themselves in glory on the open roads lately (see also: Frank Wrathall).15th September 2014, 8:41 at 8:41 am #274733
@ssm0304 Wasn’t the bit at the bottom which says “from F1 Fanatic” with a link a bit of a clue?
Here’s where it’s from:14th September 2014, 22:08 at 10:08 pm #274718
He finished second in race two after starting from pole position but Carlos Sainz Jnr slipped from second to sixth. Oscar Tunjo was fortunate to escape injury after being flipped at the start, Norman Nato won:13th September 2014, 20:02 at 8:02 pm #274565
Here are the highlights from the race – look out for Merhi going from seventh to second on the frist lap (and Sainz Jnr climbing eight places to sixth).13th September 2014, 16:25 at 4:25 pm #274556
That was a seriously impressive drive from Merhi. Single spec-cars, damp track and nearly 30 seconds clear at the chequered flag having started seventh. He’s really coming on strong in Formula Renault 3.5 at the moment and we could be in for a thrilling end to the season with him and Carlos Sainz Jnr going head-to-head for the championship.
There’s 26 points between them with 125 left on the board. It could be Spaniard versus Spaniard in Spain for the season finale at Jerez!13th September 2014, 10:26 at 10:26 am #274516
Well #FormulaE certainly set the bar high in terms of last-lap drama! If that disgraceful move from Nicolas Prost doesn’t deserve a race ban nothing does.
Up until then the race was not without its moments of interest – many of them courtesy of Montagny who put on some great passing moves.
The action tailed off at times but I think the blame for some of that must go to the awful track layout. Some of the forthcoming venues look more promising.
The pit stops were novel but doesn’t the fact the drivers have to change cars highlight the shortcomings of electric powered racing at the moment?
And while we’re on it, the elephant in the room is that the cars look slow. Sub-F3 slow. No wonder they haven’t got any support races and are avoiding using the same tracks as other championships. If the point of this series is to develop electric racing technologies that can’t come soon enough. Hopefully they’ll unlock more performance from these cars as the season goes on.
I was glad I didn’t notice Fanboost once the race had started – hopefully it will be dropped as soon as possible. And they can chuck the silly sound effects and music as well. Surely the last-lap incident proved proper motor racing doesn’t need such naff ‘enhancements’?
We’ve now got a long, two-month wait until round two in Malaysia. I’ll definitely be tuning in but the question now is whether Formula E can sustain a following beyond those who looked in for the novelty value.11th September 2014, 22:29 at 10:29 pm #274376
To belatedly answer my own question, I think Sato’s last start without a Honda engine was 15 years ago, in the Formula Opel series in the UK. If anyone can find a more recent start than that let me know…11th September 2014, 22:03 at 10:03 pm #27437011th September 2014, 9:07 at 9:07 am #274305
Add another ex-F1 driver to the grid. Antonio Felix da Costa has DTM duties this weekend so he won’t be participating in the inaugural Formula E round at Beijing – Takuma Sato takes his place instead.
Anyone know when was the last time Sato raced a car which didn’t have a Honda engine? Must be a fair while…
Amlin Aguri, a new racing team sponsored by London-based global insurance company Amlin, has today confirmed its driver line-up for the inaugural race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Takuma Sato will join Katherine Legge for the opening ePrix in Beijing on September 13, with Fabio Leimer acting as the team’s reserve driver. Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa, already confirmed for the team, is unable to compete in Beijing due to his DTM commitments.
Takuma Sato began competing in Formula 1 in 2002 driving for Jordan Grand Prix and Super Aguri F1. In 2010, he moved to IndyCar driving for KV Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing before joining A.J. Foyt Racing for the 2013 season where he became the first Japanese driver ever to win in IndyCar at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Takuma Sato said: “I’m very much looking forward to making history with Amlin Aguri as we compete in the first ever Formula E race. I’m excited to join the team especially reconnecting with good old friends from Super Aguri F1 team days and going racing together again. I’ll be pushing hard to make sure we’re doing our absolute best in Beijing. Racing electric cars is something fascinating and it will take motorsport into a new direction and I’m thrilled to be playing a part in these early stages.”
Fabio Leimer, 25, joins the team as reserve driver for the Beijing race having tested with Amlin Aguri over the summer. He is one of motorsport’s brightest talents, being the reigning GP2 champion, and currently drives for Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Fabio Leimer said: “I’m proud to play a role with Amlin Aguri during the first Formula E race in China. The
team has been working hard to be ready for this moment and we have a great opportunity in Beijing to
make a name for ourselves on the world stage.”
Aguri Suzuki, Executive Chairman of Amlin Aguri, said: “On behalf of everyone at Amlin Aguri it is my
pleasure to welcome Takuma and Fabio into our Formula E team. This new electric series is showcasing the
bright future of motorsport and we’re all looking forward to embarking on this journey together. Takuma is
a proven driver and his presence will provide unity and experience for the team. He has great knowledge of
how to race on street circuits which will also be an important attribute for us.”
Team Principal Mark Preston said: “It’s great to have Takuma and Fabio on board with Katherine at Amlin
Aguri. Takuma is a street circuit specialist and his experience in IndyCar will bring a wealth of knowledge
into the team. Fabio knows what it takes to succeed in a one-make championship and when he gets his
opportunity we know he can perform. Everyone wants to win the first Formula E race and Amlin Aguri
certainly won’t be passing up this opportunity to etch our name into the history books with a podium result
on the streets of Beijing.”
Charles Phillips, CEO of Amlin, said: “This is the automotive technology of the future, ideal for the world’s
largest cities, many of which suffer from very poor air quality. The innovation from this championship has
the potential to radically reduce our reliance on carbon based transport solutions.”11th September 2014, 7:54 at 7:54 am #274300
@raikkonen25 I don’t think there are any English language biographies of Raikkonen – or Alonso for that matter.10th September 2014, 22:32 at 10:32 pm #274278
Somewhat cheesy footage of the changes:9th September 2014, 8:39 at 8:39 am #274096
@andae23 That Kvyat video makes the incident look much less dramatic! Thanks for that one.8th September 2014, 12:56 at 12:56 pm #274044
And now GP2 commentator Will Buxton weighs in with some very strong words:
I do not wish to watch on and commentate the death of a racing driver. And for as long as Sergio Canamasas takes the start of a motor race, I fear that I will have to.