Renault e.dams 1-2 in final test ahead of new FIA Formula E season

The Renault e.dams team’s drivers Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi headed the timesheets in the FIA Formula E Championship’s final test session ahead of its forthcoming new season which gets under way in China next month.
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There was little to choose between the pair with Frenchman Prost clocking a best lap of one minute 30.513 seconds around the Donington Park circuit while Swiss Buemi was just 0.288s adrift.

The e.dams squad, which won Formula E’s inaugural teams’ title, is using a bespoke powertrain in its cars designed by Renaultsport’s technicians (the championship has opened up development of its cars to manufacturers for the 2015-16 season).

Furthermore power for the cars has been increased in race mode from 150kW to 170kW, although 200kW will remain available for drivers to use in qualifying sessions.

Prost as able to try the e.dams car at 170kW during the Donington test and enthused: “The last two days (of testing) from my side have been really positive. We had a really, really good pace. I’m quite happy but not over-confident as Christian Abt was looking really strong. Sam Bird is looking strong. Reliability for us has been good, too.”

He added: “For me and my driving style I think it’s better to have more power. It makes it a lot nicer to driver. 170kW makes it more challenging.” Buemi said: “We could have done some things better, but the most important thing is to get ready for Beijing so we were not able to show what we could do (fully). The car seems to be good, we’ve improved the reliability a lot, we drove in all kinds of conditions… so from that side I’m quite happy and I’m confident we can have a strong weekend in Beijing.”

Formula E’s organisers have confirmed a continuation of comprehensive live TV coverage in the UK of all of the 2015-16 championship’s races with ITV Sport. The opening nine rounds will each be shown live on ITV4. The title-deciding final two rounds in London will also be shown live but on the network’s flagship ITV1 channel.

The new FIA Formula E Championship season will start in Beijing, China on a revised date of 24 October. The schedule of races is as follows:

Round(s)      Date                           Venue

1                      24 October                 Beijing, China

2                      7 November               Putrajaya, Malaysia

3                      19 December             Punta del Este, Uruguay

4                      6 February                 Buenos Aires, Argentina

5                      19 March                    To be decided

6                      2 April                        Long Beach, USA

7                      23 April                      Paris, France

8                      21 May                       Berlin, Germany

9                      4 June                        Moscow, Russia

10 & 11             To be confirmed          London, UK