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People's Republic of China 2014 Beijing ePrix
Beijing Layout
The 2014 Beijing ePrix circuit around the Olympic Park.
Race Information
Date 13th September 2014
Official Name 2014 FIA Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix
Location Flag of Beijing Beijing, China
Lap length 3.44km (2.14mi)
Distance 25 laps / 86.0km (53.5mi)
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
Previous Next
None Putrajaya

The 2014 Beijing ePrix was an ePrix that was held on 13 September 2014 at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit in Beijing, China. The race was the first of eleven races in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship, held between September 2014 and June 2015.

The race itself was won by Lucas di Grassi for the Audi Sport ABT team, ahead of Franck Montagny and Sam Bird.[1] Nicolas Prost had looked set to take victory (having started from pole), although a late race collision with Nick Heidfeld (caused by the Frenchman), caused both men to fall at the final fence, granting di Grassi the first ever ePrix victory.[1] Takuma Sato also scored points, taking home two for fastest lap, despite finishing four laps down.[1]

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.[2] 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).[3]

Entry ListEdit

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

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

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. Nat. Name Team Time Grid
1 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:42.200 1
2 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 1:42.306 2
3 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 1:42.456 3
4 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:42.461 4
5* 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 1:42.530 8
6 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1:42.579 5
7 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 1:42.683 6
8 28 France Charles Pic Andretti Autosport 1:42.726 7
9 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1:42.746 18
10 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 1:42.785 9
11 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 1:42.847 10
12 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:42.916 11
13 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:44.056 12
14 55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Amlin Aguri 1:44.129 13
15 88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 1:45.282 17
16 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 1:45.369 14
17 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 1:46.170 16
NC 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli No Time 20
NC 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing No Time 15
NC§ 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi No Time 19
Max Qualifying Time: 1:52.420
  • * Montagny pushed back three places for a pitlane infringement.
  • Tung, Cerruti and Buemi all handed ten place penalties for gearbox changes
  • Senna and Trulli race at the steward's discretion.
  • § Sarrazin will served a ten place grid penalty for a gearbox change and race at the steward's 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.[4] 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 drop ten places through gearbox changes.[4]

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).[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

Attention turned to the pitstops as the race approached half distance, with the majority of the top ten coming in on lap 13.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] With the pitstops completed, the race became a waiting game, as gaps across the field closed.[1]

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.[1] Heidfeld himself was within striking distance, and waited patiently for his opportunity to arise.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] Prost's front wheel was hit, smashing the suspension, while Heidfeld was sent into a slide.[1] 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.[1] Both were out of the race, but, more importantly, both walked away unharmed.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] Takuma Sato was awarded the two available points for fastest lap, despite a disappointing day which left him 17th in the race.[1]

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. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon Audi Sport ABT 25 52:23.412 1:46.718 25
2 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 25 +2.867s 1:46.640 18
3 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 25 +6,559s 1:46.563 15
4 28 France Charles Pic Andretti Autosport 25 +19.301s 1:46.730 12
5 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 25 +23.952s 1:45.892 10
6 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 25 +31.664s 1:47.313 8
7 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 25 +41.968s 1:47.361 6
8 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 25 +43.896s 1:47.819 4
9 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 25 +43.975s 1:47.832 2
10* 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 25 +1:02.507 1:46.551 1
11* 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 25 +2:00.613 1:47.914
12 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 24 +1 lap 1:46.227 3
13 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 24 +1 lap 1:46.214
14 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 24 +1 lap 1:49.469
15* 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge FanBoosticon Amlin Aguri 24 +1 lap 1:48.753
16 88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 23 +2 laps 1:48.793
17 55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Amlin Aguri 21 +4 laps 1:45.101 2
Ret 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 14 Retired 1:45.874
Ret 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 2 Retired 1:52.596
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna FanBoosticon Mahindra Racing 0 Accident No Time
Source
  • * Abt, Alguersuari and Legge were all given 57 second penalties for exceeding the maximum energy use limit (28kwh)[5]
  • Prost serves a ten place grid penalty in Putrajaya for causing a collision.

Milestones Edit

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

StandingsEdit

Victory and history for Lucas di Grassi meant he 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, leaving him in eleventh. Nicolas Prost made history by claiming pole, but his dramas meant that he was ninth in the table, despite his pace.

Andretti Autosport started the season the strongest, leaving the Chinese capital with a four point advantage over Audi Sport ABT. Virgin Racing held a one point lead over Dragon Racing, with Venturi and Amlin Aguri tied on points in eighth and ninth. Last, and the only team without a point to their name, were Trulli.

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

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

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