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2014 Donington Test
Donington Layout
Test Information
Date 3rd July - 19th August 2014
Location Flag of the United Kingdom Donington Park, UK
Lap length 4.020km (2.498mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Time Day Laps
1:31.083 4
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The 2014 Donington Test was the first official, public, test for the 2014/15 Formula E Season, held between the 3rd of July and the 19th of August 2014. Sébastien Buemi set the fastest time of the test on the penultimate day of five days of testing, held at Donington Park in the United Kingdom over the summer of 2014.

All ten teams with various drivers attended the test, which also included a closed circuit ePrix length just before the final day.[1] The test allowed the teams to get familiar with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, rather than test innovative features as planned from 2015/16 onwards.

BackgroundEdit

Before the first Donington Test, the FIA and Formula E Holdings announced that Donington Park would be the home for the new FIA Formula E Championship, with an official shakedown takingplace in June 2014.[2] The Spark-Renault SRT_01E had already completed over 4,000km of development testing before the Donington Test, which allowed teams to set to work on simply maximising the pace and potential performance of the car.

Day OneEdit

The first day of the 2014 Donington Test was scheduled to be on the 3rd of July, 2014, with entry free to the general public.[3] The first day also witnessed the conclusion of a deal between Rimac Automobili and Formula E, to be announced on day two.[4] The agreement saw that Rimac would supply one of their Concept_One supercars to the championship for promotional work, such as passenger runs and as the Race Director's inspection vehicle.[4]

ReportEdit

The test was split into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, on a sunny July day in Leicestershire, England. It was in the afternoon, with little more than an hour of running left, that Sébastien Buemi set the fastest time, completing the GP layout in a time of 1:35.475.[3] The Swiss driver also came top in the distance standings, completing 36 laps, three more than the next highest total of Jérôme d'Ambrosio.[3]

Also impressing, despite the gap in times, was Lucas di Grassi, who missed half of the day's running, but still completed 29 laps.[3] Daniel Abt was sharing the car with di Grassi in the morning, with the German driver having to leave with GP2 duties to attend to.[3] Abt had started the day strongly, setting the fastest time in the morning, but tumbled down the order during the warmer afternoon session.[3] Stéphane Sarrazin also showed promise, setting the fifth fastest time despite it being his debut (having missed the Shakedown in June).[3]

Further back, Gil de Ferran made his first appearance in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, sharing the second Andretti Autosport car with Scott Speed, although neither set particularly stunning times.[3] Rounding off the session standings was Michela Cerruti, who failed to set a time for reasons unknown.[3]

TimesEdit

2014 Donington Test Day One Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap
1 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 36 1:35.475
2 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 29 1:36.012
3 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 31 1:36.370
4 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 22 1:36.385
5 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 24 1:36.698
6 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 11 1:36.707
7 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 30 1:36.969
8 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 32 1:37.212
9 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 17 1:37.445
10 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 21 1:37.532
11 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 29 1:38.062
12 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri 24 1:38.079
13 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio China Racing 33 1:38.086
14 88 Spain Antonio Garcia China Racing 21 1:38.204
15 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 17 1:40.744
16 6 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Dragon Racing 16 1:41.168
17 N/A Brazil Gil de Ferran Andretti Autosport 11 1:44.972
18 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 6 1:45.909
19 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 11 1:48.296
20 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 0 No Time
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Day TwoEdit

The second day of the 2014 Donington Test was held on the 4th of July 2014, but only saw 19 drivers take part.[5] Absent from the test was Daniel Abt, who was away on GP2 duties, with Audi Sport ABT opting not to fill his seat.[5]

ReportEdit

Most drivers found over four seconds in pace on the second day, with Lucas di Grassi topping the tables with a 1:31.973 lap.[5] His time was set in the afternoon, beating day one pace setter, Sébastien Buemi by just over a tenth of a second.[5] Buemi also lost his leading distance tally, after Sam Bird in the number two Virgin completed 56 laps over the day, equating to over 225km in distance (over 2 times the distance of an ePrix.[5]

The main factor for the major jump in performance, however, was the removal of the temporary chicane at the exit of the old hairpin.[5] Jérôme d'Ambrosio had set the pace early on, before the chicane was removed (his time almost half a second quicker than Buemi's day one time), with siginifcantly faster times in the afternoon.[5] Many drivers had made contact with the barrier, with the FIA opting to remove it rather than continue to reposition it.[5]

Oriol Servià shared the day with Mike Conway at Dragon Racing, with the former making his bow in the SRT_01E.[5] Also joining the paddock was 2013 GP2 Series champion Fabio Leimer, who stepped into António Félix da Costa's car for the day at Amlin Aguri.[5] Leimer finished the day in twelfth, while Servia's running earned him eighteenth.[5]

TimesEdit

2014 Donington Test Day Two Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap
1 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 37 1:31.973
2 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 41 1:32.089
3 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 49 1:32.373
4 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 32 1:32.632
5 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 47 1:32.960
6 88 Spain Antonio Garcia China Racing 48 1:32.966
7 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 44 1:33.040
8 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 56 1:33.072
9 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio China Racing 45 1:33.178
10 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 30 1:33.299
11 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 36 1:33.754
12 55 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Amlin Aguri 51 1:33.792
13 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 51 1:34.006
14 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 37 1:34.071
15 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 25 1:36.064
16 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 42 1:36.962
17 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 17 1:37.415
18 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 8 1:43.239
19 6 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Dragon Racing 7 1:44.698
N/A* 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 0 No Time
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  • * Abt missed the day's testing through other commitments.[5]

Day ThreeEdit

After a one week break to repair and evaluate parts from the previous two days, the field reconvened at Donington Park on the ninth of July.[6] The day also saw the Development Car in action, with Juan Manuel López at the wheel, completing fifteen laps in total.[6]

ReportEdit

Back at the summit was Sébastien Buemi, who set the fastest time of the test to that point, beating Lucas di Grassi's day two time by 0.061s.[6] Di Grassi had set the pace in the morning session, although battery management and race simulation runs in the afternoon saw both Buemi and Jérôme d'Ambrosio (testing for China Racing) beat his time.[6] Stéphane Sarrazin and Jaime Alguersuari also ensured that there were five different teams represented in the top five in testing.[6]

In the mid-pack, Michela Cerruti enjoyed a promising day, completing 22 laps and setting the thirteenth fastest time of the day, although she remained a second off of team mate Jarno Trulli's pace.[6] Dragon Racing were hampered with issues, meaning that Mike Conway and Oriol Servià were again forced to share the car, with China Racing and Venturi similarly hampered.[6] Indeed, Nick Heidfeld missed out on running entirely on the day.[6]

TimesEdit

2014 Donington Test Day Three Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap
1 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 45 1:31.910
2 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio China Racing 52 1:32.035
3 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 40 1:32.260
4 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 65 1:32.462
5 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 19 1:32.495
6 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 31 1:32.671
7 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 35 1:32.809
8 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 29 1:32.858
9 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 41 1:32.875
10 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 24 1:33.165
11 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 33 1:33.844
12 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 28 1:34.249
13 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 30 1:34.538
14 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 32 1:34.871
15 6 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Dragon Racing 26 1:35.643
16 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 33 1:35.936
17 55 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Amlin Aguri 28 1:36.184
18 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 36 1:39.568
N/A 0 Argentina Juan Manuel López Development Car 15 N/A
Source

Day FourEdit

The 10th of July saw the fourth day of the 2014 Donington Test, which also served as the penultimate day of testing before the start of the 2014/15 Formula E Championship.[7] China Racing were able to run two sets of cars for the first time in testing, with Juan Manuel López taking over the second pair.[7]

ReportEdit

Sébastien Buemi set another fastest lap of the Test to take his third session honours, once again beating Lucas di Grassi.[7] Buemi missed out on becoming the first man to set a time under 1:31.000 by just 0.083s, with di Grassi the only man within half a second of the Swiss.[7] Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Scott Speed and Sam Bird also managed to get times under the 1:32.000 mark, the latter two achieving the feat for the first time in testing.[7]

Elsewhere, Nick Heidfeld took over the Venturi cars for the day, setting a top-ten time and completing a test high 78 laps (well over 300km in distance).[7] With no major issues through the field, Day Four of the test proved to be the most significant, with 840 laps (3,376km) covered in just a single day.[7] Despite this, Dragon Racing continued to see Oriol Servià and Mike Conway share their cars.[7]

Franck Montagny had led the way with the fastest time of the morning, but slipped to eleventh in the afternoon despite finding four tenths of a second.[7] Jarno Trulli had a brief scare after bouncing towards that barriers via a gravel trap, but escaped with no damage.[7] Lopez, meanwhile, completed 46 laps for China Racing in their second pair, setting the fifteenth fastest time of the day.[7]

TimesEdit

2014 Donington Test Day Four Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap
1 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 44 1:31.083
2 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 54 1:31.282
3 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio China Racing 39 1:31.651
4 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 46 1:31.810
5 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 51 1:31.895
6 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 57 1:32.080
7 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 48 1:32.124
8 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 78 1:32.126
9 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 38 1:32.479
10 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 51 1:32.506
11 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 50 1:32.512
12 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 28 1:32.583
13 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 46 1:33.019
14 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 46 1:33.083
15 N/A Argentina Juan Manuel López China Racing 46 1:33.425
16 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 31 1:33.544
17 6 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Dragon Racing 31 1:33.692
18 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 17 1:33.778
19 55 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Amlin Aguri 39 1:38.988
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Day FiveEdit

The final day of the 2014 Donington Test was held on the nineteenth of August, after a month break, which included a 'behind-closed-doors' race simulation on the 11th of August.[8][1] Heinz-Harald Frentzen was given the chance to drive the 'Development Car', while the BMW Qualcomm i8 and BMW Qualcomm i3 support vehicles were tested with their 'wireless recharging' equipment.[8]

ReportEdit

In front of over 5,000 fans, Sébastien Buemi set the fastest time of the session, meaning he was fastest on four of the five days of the test, and, arguably, started the season as favourite.[8]With all teams running their four Spark-Renault SRT_01Es throughout the day, all of the drivers covered significant mileage during the day.[8] Topping the distance charts were Antonio Garcia and Ho-Pin Tung, whom looped the Donington Park circuit 79 times in their shared #88 China Racing machines.[8]

There was further good news at e.dams-Renault, as Nicolas Prost claimed second behind team mate Buemi, leaving many to speculate that the two would be fighting for the title.[8] Lucas di Grassi also left Donington among the favourites, although a disappointing final day left him down in sixth.[8] Charles Pic made his Formula E bow with Andretti Autosport, signing up to drive in Beijing alongside Franck Montagny (who ended the final test in third), with Tung another to get his first taste of the Spark-Renault before the start of the season.[8]

The final day saw 1,222 laps completed in total by the field of drivers, equalting to almost 5,000km (3,100mi) in distance.[8]

TimesEdit

2014 Donington Test Day Five Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap
1 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 70 1:31.792
2 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 67 1:32.117
3 27 France Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport 72 1:32.143
4 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 62 1:32.249
5 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 74 1:32.292
6 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 32 1:32.293
7 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 46 1:32.369
8 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 58 1:32.646
9 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 69 1:32.663
10 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 60 1:32.775
11 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 63 1:32.808
12 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 52 1:32.821
13 28 France Charles Pic Andretti Autosport 55 1:32.841
14 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 53 1:32.867
15 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 70 1:32.892
16 6 Spain Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 62 1:33.411
17 88 Spain Antonio Garcia* China Racing 79 1:33.469
18 55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato Amlin Aguri 48 1:35.425
19 18 Italy Michela Cerruti Trulli 53 1:35.444
20 77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 61 1:38.112
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  • * Garcia and Ho-Pin Tung shared the #88 car, with Garcia covering the most distance and setting the fastest lap.[8]

ReferencesEdit

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