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People's Republic of China 2014 Beijing ePrix
Beijing Layout 2014
The 2014 Beijing ePrix circuit around the Olympic Park.
Race Information
Date 13 September 2014
Official Name 2014 FIA Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix
Location Flag of Beijing Beijing, China
Lap length 3.453 km (2.146 mi)
Distance 25 laps / 86.325 km (53.640 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter France Nicolas Prost
Team France e.dams-Renault
Time 1:42.200
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Takuma Sato
Fastest Lap 1:45.101 on lap 21
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Brazil Lucas di Grassi France Franck Montagny Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Winner Team Germany Audi Sport Abt
Time 52:23.413
ePrix Guide
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None 2014 Putrajaya ePrix

The 2014 Beijing ePrix, officially known as the 2014 Evergrande FIA Formula E Beijing ePrix, was the opening round of the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit on the 13 September 2014.[1] The race would be renowned as the first ever ePrix to be staged, and would be fondly remembered for its dramatic conclusion.[2]

Qualifying would see Nicolas Prost become the first ever pole position starter in FE history, the Frenchman clinching FE's first pole by a quarter of a second.[3] Lucas di Grassi completed the front row ahead of his teammate Daniel Abt, while Karun Chandhok and Franck Montagny completed the top five.[3]

Prost would ace the first FE start to streak away with the lead off the grid, with di Grassi and Abt leading the chase from behind.[2] Sam Bird and Montagny, whom had been penalised after qualifying, would make quick progress up the field, while Nelson Piquet Jr. faded early on.[2]

Prost's lead would survive through the pitwindow, with drivers physically swapping cars, although Bird managed to gain a position by staying out an additional lap.[2] Nick Heidfeld, meanwhile, would be the big winner from the car swap, leaping ahead of the two Audi Sport ABT cars to challenge Prost for the lead.[2]

It was to be a tense conclusion to the first race, with Heidfeld inching ever closer to Prost, dragging the rest of the top seven with him as he did so.[2] Ultimately, the German would wait until the final lap to finally make a move, sending a lunge inside Prost as the pair came towards the final corner.[2]

Prost, however, would make a late move to block the German, resulting in a huge accident as the pair hit the brakes for the final corner of the race.[2] Heidfeld's car was pitched into a mid-air roll, landing upside down, with Prost's ruined car skating to a stop alongside.[2] Both scrambled clear uninjured, while di Grassi swept past to claim the first ever ePrix victory ahead of Montagny and Bird.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Beijing was to be the first ePrix to be held, with the field having only completed a full race distance once during the final Donington Test in July. e.dams-Renault and Audi Sport Abt came into the first ePrix weekend as favourites, with Sébastien Buemi having set the fastest time in testing.

Late changes to the entry list meant that several drivers would get their first taste of Formula E in the first ePrix. Among these were Charles Pic, who signed for Andretti Autosport a few days before the ePrix, with Matthew Brabham joining as a reserve driver there.[4] Takuma Sato was another late call up at Amlin Aguri, the Formula F1 star having to stand in for António Félix da Costa (although Sato had run at the final test for the team).[5]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2014 Beijing ePrix is displayed below:

2014 Beijing ePrix Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
6 Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault Spark-Renault SRT_01E
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams-Renault Spark-Renault SRT_01E
10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
18 Italy Michela Cerruti Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
27 France Franck Montagny Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
28 France Charles Pic Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung People's Republic of China China Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China China Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Source:[6]

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

The first Formula E free practice session was topped by Lucas di Grassi for the Audi Sport ABT team. Di Grassi went fastest with a 1:41.937, half a second up on Sébastien Buemi's second best time in the E. dams Renault car. Sam Bird in the Virgin Racing car was a further four tenths down on Buemi in third.

Bruno Senna who finished the session in fifteenth looked set to finish on the top of the time sheets, however a mistake at the final corner on his final lap ruined his chances of securing first place.

FP2Edit

Jérôme d'Ambrosio was the first driver to set a time with a 1:52.849. This time was immediately bettered by Nick Heidfeld with a 1:42.779. Eight minutes into the session Sébastien Buemi hit the wall at turn 6 bringing his session to a premature end. 

Bruno Senna then went fastest with a 1:41.341, the fastest time of the weekend at that point. Senna then on another quick lap was held up by Sam Bird's Virgin Racing car, Senna angrily gesticulating at Bird as he drove past. 

With five minutes to go, the home talent Ho-Pin Tung collided with the barrier at turn 18 after out-braking himself into the corner. This brought out the red flags bringing an end to the session.

Practice ResultsEdit

No  Driver Team FP1 FP2
Time Pos Time Pos
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing
3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing
5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of IndiaMahindra Racing
6 Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing

QualifyingEdit

Group 1Edit

The first group of cars out on track for the qualifying were the two Trulli GP cars of Jarno Trulli and Michela Cerruti, Karun Chandhok of Mahindra RacingOriol Servià of Dragon Racing and Stéphane Sarrazin of Venturi Grand Prix

Chandhok set the first time with a 1:43.531, Servia then went slightly slower with a 1:43.780 whilst then Cerruti then went much slower with a 1:46.170. Whilst Sarrazin was on his flying lap, he suffered a mechanical failure being forced to pull off the circuit and withdraw from qualifying. Whilst Trulli was on his flying lap he went wide at one of the chicanes, hit a bumb and went partially airborne, with the rear of his car clouting the barrier. Trulli was forced to pull off the circuit and withdraw from qualifying as well. 

On Chandhok's second lap he was able to improve to a 1:42.461. Servia was unable to better Chandhok's time after a major lock-up on his second flying lap, yet improved to a 1:42.847. Cerruti, however failed to better her time. 

Group 2Edit

The second group consisted of Sam Bird from Virgin Racing, Charles Pic of Andretti Autosport, Takuma Sato of Amlin Aguri and Jérôme d'Ambrosio of Dragon Racing and Ho-Pin Tung of China Racing.

Sato was the first driver to set a time with a 1:44.129, Tung then set a time of 1:45.282. Bird then went fastest of the group with a 1:42.936. Both Sato and Tung had made mistakes on their laps, both nearly clipping the barriers. Pic then put in a time of 1:42.461 to go fastest of the group. Sato was unable to improve his time whilst Bird improved to do a 1:42.918. D'Ambrosio was unable to improve on his 1:44.056 whilst Tung spun on his final flying lap.

Pic went fastest of the group, yet none of the drivers were able to surpass Karun Chandhok's time.

Group 3Edit

The third group consisted of Nicolas Prost of e. dams Renault, Lucas di Grassi of Audi Sport ABT, Daniel Abt of Audi Sport ABT, Katherine Legge of Amlin Aguri and Sébastien Buemi of e. dams Renault.

Di Grassi set the first flying lap with a 1:42.308, taking provisional pole away from Chandhok. Teammate Abt then set a time of 1:43.043. Buemi then was able to set a lap-time of 1:42.746. Prost then went faster to set the fastest time of the session with a 1:42.200. Legge was an uncompetitive twelfth after her first lap.  

Di Grassi only slightly improved his second lap to a 1:42.306, but was unable to beat Prost whilst Abt improved to a 1:42.454. There was problems for the two e. dams Renault cars, Prost ran wide off the circuit and landed in the barrier, causing him to end his session whilst Buemi also tapped the barriers, damaging the rear of his car causing him to stop on track. 

Group 4Edit

Jaime Alguersuari of Virgin Racing, Bruno Senna of Mahindra Racing, Nick Heidfeld of Venturi Grand Prix, Franck Montagny of Andretti Autosport and Nelson Piquet, Jr. of China Racing made up the final qualifying group.

Senna was unable to leave the pits to set a lap due to a mechanical issue that kept his car grounded. Heidfeld was the first driver to set a lap with a 1:42.579. Montagny could only manage a 1:42.530 after running wide at the chicane. Piquet similarily was finding his car a handful and could not set a competitive lap-time. Alguersuari's first time was only good enough for eleventh. 

Piquet's second time was a 1:42.785 whilst Alguersuari improved for a 1:42.683. Both Heidfeld and Montagny failed to improve their time on their second run.

Post-QualifyingEdit

Following the results of qualifying, Prost took pole position ahead of Di Grassi, Abt, Chandhok and Montagny.

2014 Beijing ePrix Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault 1:42.200 1
2nd 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT 1:42.308 +0.106s 2
3rd 66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT 1:42.454 +0.254s 3
4th 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:42.461 +0.261s 4
5th* 27 France Franck Montagny Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 1:42.530 +0.330s 8
6th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany Venturi Formula E Team 1:42.579 +0.379s 5
7th 3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:42.683 +0.483s 6
8th 28 France Charles Pic Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 1:42.726 +0.526s 7
9th 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams-Renault 1:42.746 +0.546s 18
10th 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China China Racing 1:42.785 +0.585s 9
11th 6 Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 1:42.847 +0.647s 10
12th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:42.918 +0.718s 11
13th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 1:44.056 +1.856s 12
14th 55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 1:44.129 +1.929s 13
15th 88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung People's Republic of China China Racing 1:45.282 +3.082s 17
16th 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 1:45.369 +3.169s 14
17th 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 1:46.170 +3.970s 16
107% Time: 1:52.420[6]
NC§ 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 20
NC 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing 15
NC§ 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 19
Source:[6]
  • * Montagny pushed back three places for a pitlane infringement.
  • Tung, Cerruti and Buemi all handed ten place penalties for gearbox changes
  • Senna would race at the steward's discretion after failing to set a time.
  • § Sarrazin and Trulli served ten place grid penalties for changing their gearboxes, and would race at the stewards' discretion.

RaceEdit

Prior to the start of the first ever ePrix, the three driver's to be given the "FanBoost" were identified as Katherine Legge, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna.[7] Penalties were given to numerous drivers, with Franck Montagny demoted three for entering the fast lane before the track had been opened, while Sarrizan, Tung, Buemi and Cerruti all dropped ten places through gearbox changes.[7]

ReportEdit

With grid lined up, the 2014 Beijing ePrix, the first of race of it's kind saw the grid stream away virtually in grid order, apart from Ho-Pin Tung, whose car failed to get off the line at the start (he later rejoined a lap later).[2] Montagny's penalty put him below his team mate on the grid, the result of which meant that Charles Pic nearly hit the wall at the second corner as his team mate snuck through on the inside.[2] Their slower speed bunched up the pack, with contact between Bruno Senna and the Amlin Aguri duo of Legge and Sato putting the Brazilian out of the race.[2]

Bad for Buemi.

Sebastien Buemi's day could have gone better.

At the front, Nicolas Prost slowly pulled away, with the Audi Sport Abt cars attempting to stay with him at the front.[2] Sam Bird and Montagny, meanwhile, were battling through the field, both slipping past Jaime Alguersuari in the space of two corners, while the groups of cars behind them saw Nelson Piquet drop from tenth to twelfth in the same spot.[2] At the very back of the field, Jarno Trulli pulled off with a technical issue, with Buemi joining him on the list of retirements on lap 14.[2]

Attention turned to the pitstops as the race approached half distance, with the majority of the top ten coming in on lap 13.[2] The only driver to stay out, on what looked to an inspired decision was Bird, who gained one place through his extra lap, and would have a fresher car under him in the latter part of the race.[2] Apart from Bird, the only other change in the top ten was for Nick Heidfeld , whose quick stop put him ahead of the Abt cars, and just outside striking distance of Prost.[2] With the pitstops completed, the race became a waiting game, as gaps across the field closed.[2]

Heidfeld Smash

But then again, so could Nick Heidfeld's.

Heidfeld dragged the rest of the top seven behind him as he slowly closed on Prost, with the leading seven split by 8.7 seconds at the start of the final lap.[2] Heidfeld himself was within striking distance, and waited patiently for his opportunity to arise.[2] With the final corner approaching, Heidfeld, who got a good drive out of the previous corner and easily pulled behind Prost, swung to the inside as Prost looked for him in the opposite mirror.[2] With the braking zone fast approaching, Prost moved to the inside, straight into the path of the oncoming Heidfeld whom he had not seen in the mirror.[2] Prost's front wheel was hit, smashing the suspension, while Heidfeld was sent into a slide.[2] Unfortunately for the German, however, his slide carried him into a kerb, which put the car into a roll in the air, meaning he hit the barrier on the outside of the final corner upside down.[2] Both were out of the race, but, more importantly, both walked away unharmed.[2]

Their crash promoted Lucas di Grassi to first, as he claimed the first ever ePrix for Audi Sport Abt, leading home the improving Montagny and team mate Daniel Abt over the line, with Bird a few seconds behind.[2] Abt was demoted shortly after the conclusion of the race (a 57 second time penalty for exceeding the maximum energy use of 28kWh) promoting Bird to the podium.[2] Legge and Alguersuari would also suffer from the energy use penalty, while Prost was handed a ten place grid penalty for the next race in Putrajaya for causing the accident.[2] Takuma Sato was awarded the two available points for fastest lap, despite a disappointing day which left him 17th in the race.[2]

ResultsEdit

The final classification of the 2014 Beijing ePrix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2014 Beijing ePrix Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon Germany Audi Sport ABT 25 0:52:23.413 1:46.718 25
2nd 27 France Franck Montagny Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 25 +2.867s 1:46.640 18
3rd 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 25 +6.559s 1:46.563 15
4th 28 France Charles Pic Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 25 +19.301s 1:46.730 12
5th 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing 25 +23.952s 1:45.882 10
6th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 25 +31.664s 1:47.313 8
7th 6 Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 25 +41.968s 1:47.361 6
8th 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China China Racing 25 +43.896s 1:47.819 4
9th 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 25 +43.975s 1:47.832 2
10th* 66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT 25 +1:02.507 1:46.551 1
11th* 3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 25 +2:00.613 1:47.914
12th 8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault 24 +1 Lap 1:46.227 3
13th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 24 +1 Lap 1:46.214
14th 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 24 +1 Lap 1:49.469
15th* 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge FanBoosticon Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 24 +1 Lap 1:48.753
16th 88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung People's Republic of China China Racing 23 +2 Laps 1:48.793
NC 55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 21 +4 Laps 1:45.101 2
Ret 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams-Renault 14 Damage 1:45.874
Ret 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 2 Damage 1:52.596
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna FanBoosticon Flag of India Mahindra Racing 0 Accident
Source:[6]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • * Abt, Alguersuari and Legge were all given 57 second penalties for exceeding the maximum energy use limit (28kwh)[6]
  • Prost was awarded a ten place grid penalty for the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix for causing a collision.
  • Sato was not classified as he had failed to complete 90% of the race distance.

Milestones Edit

  • First ePrix to be held.
  • First race for all drivers and teams.

StandingsEdit

The historic victory for Lucas di Grassi ensured that the Brazilian racer left Beijing in-charge of the Drivers' Championship, holding a seven point gap over Franck Montagny. Sam Bird showed he could be a potential title contender with a strong display to end the day third, while Takuma Sato took the points for fastest lap to leave him in eleventh. Nicolas Prost had made history by claiming pole, but his last-lap drama meant that he was ninth in the table.

Andretti Autosport had started the season as the strongest team mathematically, leaving the Chinese capital with a four point advantage over Audi Sport ABT. Virgin Racing held a one point lead over Dragon Racing in third, with the Venturi Formula E Team and Amlin Aguri tied on points in eighth and ninth. At the back, meanwhile, would be the Trulli Formula E Team, which was the only team not to register a point at the opening round.

2014/15 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Brazil Lucas di Grassi 25 ◄0
2nd France Franck Montagny 18 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 15 ◄0
4th France Charles Pic 12 ◄0
5th Flag of India Karun Chandhok 10 ◄0
6th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 8 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 6 ◄0
8th Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 4 ◄0
9th France Nicolas Prost 3 ◄0
10th France Stéphane Sarrazin 2 ◄0
11th Flag of Japan Takuma Sato 2 ◄0
12th Germany Daniel Abt 1 ◄0
2014/15 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 30 ◄0
2nd Germany Audi Sport ABT 26 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 15 ◄0
4th Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 14 ◄0
5th Flag of India Mahindra Racing 10 ◄0
6th People's Republic of China China Racing 4 ◄0
7th France e.dams-Renault 3 ◄0
8th Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 2 ◄0
9th Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 2 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

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