Jul 16

Bird flies high with New York double

Bird treated the fans who packed the grandstands to a masterclass in overtaking

Sam Bird followed up his win in the inaugural FIA Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix with an emphatic victory in the second of the double header races held on the Brooklyn Circuit.

The DS Virgin Racing star produced a faultless lap to record his first pole position of the season, but he was beaten off the line by the Mahindra of Felix Rosenqvist, and the Swede held on out front during the opening stages.

Bird treated the fans who packed the grandstands to a masterclass in overtaking, executing a perfectly judged move under braking for the hairpin. Once he was ahead, he simply drove away from the pack. Even a Full Course Yellow – brought out when his DS Virgin team-mate Alex Lynn stopped on track – could deter him, and by the finish he was over 11 seconds clear.

The complete article here on fiaformulae.com

source: fiaformulae.com


Panasonic Jaguar Racing focus on Montreal after New York City Formula E debut

Panasonic Jaguar Racing leaves the Big Apple having added to their total of 21 Championship points with two races remaining in the British team’s debut season.

Two days of all-electric racing on the streets of Brooklyn saw Panasonic Jaguar Racing help make history in the first ever race weekend to take place within the five boroughs of New York City.

With six laps added to the race distance for today’s race, the challenge was on for Jaguar’s driving duo to work closely with their engineers and hit their energy targets while targeting a points finish for the team.

Mitch Evans qualified for race two in P12 and advanced to P9 in the opening laps. However, a technical issue on lap seven forced him intro retirement and ruled him out of the opportunity to compete for the fastest lap and an additional championship point.

Having scored a hard-earned point yesterday, Adam Carroll started today’s race in P18, following contact with the wall on his qualifying lap. The experienced Northern Irishman raced hard to gain seven positions to finish in P11, narrowly missing out on a consecutive points finish from his New York weekend.

James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “We are proud to have made Jaguar’s North American return to racing here in New York City. Racing here has been one of the highlights of our first season. Both Mitch and Adam have been very consistent all weekend.  We had hoped for a bit more from the event and have been unlucky not to come away with more points. We have faced some new challenges this weekend and the learning will be invaluable in making us a stronger team in the future.”

“We look forward to Montreal now and a third consecutive double-header event. The circuit looks very fast and we know that Montreal is a city that loves its racing, so it is a fitting finale to our debut season.”

Adam Carroll, #47: “That was a long but exciting race today. Formula E is such a close series with everyone fighting for every inch of track. The car felt good yesterday so I was looking forward to pushing forward a little more today. I had a difficult qualifying so I started out of position, but we succeeded in hitting our aggressive energy targets and we stayed in the hunt throughout the race and nearly came away with another point. Brooklyn has been a spectacular place for our first US

“From what we have seen on the simulator the Montreal circuit will be a fast race. The finale will be one of the highlights of the season and we’ll have two more chances to wrap up our debut season on a high.”

Mitch Evans, #20: “We had an okay qualifying today. I’ve had consistent one-lap pace all weekend and a couple of tenths more would have put me in the super pole group.”

“It’s disappointing not to have finished both races.  This track suited the Jaguar I-TYPE but we weren’t able to capitalise on that this weekend. With the frantic racing going on around us, Adam has shown that clean racing and patience is rewarded here.  I can’t wait to give it my best in Montreal and finish my first year in Formula E on a high.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing now travels north to Montreal, Canada for the final two rounds of the season, and the conclusion of the British team’s debut season in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

The double-header season finale marks eight weeks to the start of the 2017 Invictus Games on 23 September, which will be held in Toronto. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and their oved ones.

As founding presenting partner since the inaugural Invictus Games in London 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is committed to building on their legacy of generating employment opportunities for former military service members into civilian careers and providing work placement rehabilitation programmes. More than 500 ill, injured and wounded servicemen and women from 17 allied nations will compete in 12 adapted sports in Toronto.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing will celebrate the third Invictus Games with a unique livery for the Hydro Québec Montreal ePrix. All four Jaguar I-TYPE racecars will carry the “I AM” Invictus Games branding.  The livery will be unveiled at a special event in Toronto on 25 July with Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans in attendance.

source: jaguarracing.com


A positive weekend for Renault e.dams in New York City 

Renault e.dams enjoyed a strong race in the New York City double header and penultimate round of the FIA Formula E Championship. The fourth place from Pierre Gasly and the sixth position for Nico Prost allow the team to extend their lead in the Teams’ standings by 65 points over their nearest rival and Séb Buemi to remain on top of the Drivers’ championship with an advantage of 10 points.

The second day of racing in New York City opened under blue skies with warm temperatures. The one and only free practice session got underway at 7am local time this morning and saw all drivers keen to get out on track. The proceedings were soon halted because of a red flag due to Venturi driver, Tom Dillmann, who stopped on track after hitting the wall. A few minutes later, the session was restarted but was brought to an early finish as Robin Frinjs crashed. Both drivers were unable to set a competitive time and ended the session in P18 for Pierre Gasly and P20 for Nico Prost.

It was not long to wait before the drivers were back in their cars for Qualifying. Nico drew the Q1 group and was not able to qualify better than fourteenth. Meanwhile Pierre Gasly managed to clock a blazing laptime which was the fastest of group 3 and enough to be on provisional pole. Once in SuperPole, he qualified fourth for the race.
With 6 more laps than yesterday’s race, battery management was key. After the opening lap, Nico Prost jumped up into eleventh while Pierre Gasly dropped one place. They were soon on a charge to gain more points and finish higher up the order. Seven laps into the race, Nico Prost continued his charge and was into eighth position, while Pierre got his fourth place back. The race saw a first full course yellow as Mitch Evans stopped on track at Turn 5. Once racing resumed, Nico put his foot down and overtook both Tom Dillmann and Oliver Turvey with a bold move for sixth place. Shortly after, it was followed by another full course yellow as Alex Lynn stopped on track in the middle of the straight following Turn 1. Both drivers used this opportunity to swap cars. Back on track, Nico Prost had caught up with the fifth-placed Lucas Di Grassi and started to put huge pressure on the Brazilian.
During the final lap and on the start-finish line, Pierre Gasly attempted a brave overtake as he hit in pursuit of Nick Heidfield. Unfortunately, while battling with the Mahindra Racing driver, he hit the wall but still crossed the line in fourth. Nico Prost brought home his car in sixth.

Renault e.dams had a positive weekend overall and leave the city with 259 points, with a 65 points lead over ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport. Séb Buemi remains on top of the Drivers’ standings with a 10 point advantage over Lucas Di Grassi. Now, we’re onto Montreal for the season finale with the last double header of the season on July 29th and 30th. It’s not over until it’s over…

Jean-Paul Driot, co-owner of the team: “I would like to thank Pierre Gasly for the points he scored for the team. They are very precious to us. Nicolas did a great job as well to maintain our advantage in the Teams’ championship. I am delighted that the weekend is over because we were anxious not having Sébastien Buemi, who maintains a ten point lead over Lucas Di Grassi in the title battle. Despite our lead, we will go to Montreal with great humility and we will work in the same direction, without thinking that the job is already done.”

Alain Prost, co-owner of the team: “We ended a stressful weekend in the best way possible with a positive result. This is thanks to a great achievement from Pierre and a strong recovery from Nicolas, who started the race in 14th. We are satisfied leaving New York with an important advantage in the Teams’ standings. I would like to thank the whole team for their work, for being calm and to the drivers who did exactly what we asked, in order to score these important points.”

Nicolas Prost, #8: “It was not an easy weekend but I had two great races, especially today recovering from 14th to sixth. Maybe we could have found a balance between Saturday’s race and today in terms of number of laps because there was a real difference; 45 and 47 laps would have been better. When you have to save a lot of energy, you can’t overtake. On the other hand, I need to try something different for qualifying because it’s not working. I will continue to try my best to take points every race and be back on good pace.”

Pierre Gasly, #9: “This weekend was very positive because it was my first experience in Formula E and I didn’t really know what to expect. We had a very busy schedule, especially with me arriving later on during the event. There was a lot to learn but we did great. We scored important points for the team. I didn’t expect to be in Super Pole this morning after only one day spent in the car. Furthermore, having to learn how to manage the battery and dealing with this in addition to driving. It was a great opportunity to discover a new discipline and I enjoyed the challenge very much. I would like to thank the team for this great weekend and I hope they will win in Montreal.”

source: Renault e.dams, e-dams.com


Rosenqvist and Heidfeld make the podium in New York City

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team, whose M3ELECTRO cars are run in collaboration with Campos Racing, scored another double podium finish with 2nd and 3rd places.

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team and its duo of Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld challenged for win in New York City and claimed another double podium finish at last weekend’s penultimate round of the all-electric FIA Formula E series.

Rosenqvist set an impressive pace in the free practice session but unfortunately the Swede crashed during Race 1’s qualifying session on Saturday and was forced to start 17th on the grid. German ace “Quick” Heidfeld set 6th-fastest time on the grid with a lap of 1:03.193. Both Heidfeld and Rosenqvist, who put in a brilliant recovery drive, were running in the top five. But Heidfeld was forced to retire after 36 laps with mechanical problems and Rosenqvist down the order when spun at Turn 2 and hit the wall.

On Sunday, Rosenqvist secured a front row start for Mahindra Racing Formula E Team after missing the pole position by a mere .036 seconds with his time of 1:02.322. Heidfeld took 5th spot on the grid with his 1:03.210. Rosenqvist passed Sam Bird for the lead at the start and led for ten laps before the Briton overtook him again. From there, Rosenqvist kept second place in control followed by his teammate Heidfeld, who moved up to third. After 49 laps, both drivers brought the double podium finish home.

Rosenqvist still lies 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship and Heidfeld sits 5th.

The FIA Formula E will come to an end at the Montreal Street Circuit in two weeks’ time.


source: camposracing.com