|2014 Putrajaya ePrix|
Circuit diagram of the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix
|Date||22nd November 2014|
|Official Name||2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix|
|Lap length||2.50km (1.55mi)|
|Distance||31 laps / 79.36 km (49.29 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Oriol Servia|
|Fastest Lap||1:24.429 on lap 20|
|Sam Bird||Lucas di Grassi||Sebastien Buemi|
|Winner Team||Virgin Racing|
|Beijing||Punta del Este|
The 2014 Putrajaya ePrix was only the second ePrix of the 2014/15 Formula E season, held on the 22nd of November 2014 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The ePrix was set to be staged in October, but was postponed due to the wishes of the Malaysia Prime minister. The race itself was brought forward by two hours on the day due to a storm forecast.
The race itself was won by Sam Bird of Virgin Racing, having taken the lead after two safety car periods (the first in Formula E history). He was joined on the podium by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) and Sebastien Buemi of E.dams-Renault. Oriol Servià was awarded the points for taking pole position, while Jaime Alguersuari was awarded two points for setting the fastest lap of the race.
Lucas di Grassi came to Putrajaya with the championship lead by virtue of his victory in Beijing, while Nicolas Prost was handed a ten place grid penalty for his collision with Nick Heidfeld at the same event. Franck Montagny sat in second place with Brit Sam Bird in third, with twelve of the original twenty drivers already having secured points.
Andretti Autosport's double points finish in Beijing meant that they held the lead in the championship, with Audi Sport ABT four behind. Virgin Racing, Dragon Racing and Mahindra Racing had all arrived in Malaysia in double figures, while the Trulli Formula E Team left China as the only team without a point.
Elsewhere there were changes at Amlin Aguri, as António Félix da Costa replaced Takuma Sato, his DTM duties now over until May 2015. Andretti Autosport also had a driver change, with Matthew Brabham, grandson of F1 legend Jack Brabham, replacing the ousted Charles Pic for the day. Brabham was only expected to race for the team in Putrajaya alone.
The FanBoost system was opened on the 22nd of October, one month before race day.
The full entry list for the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix is displayed below:
Qualifying was held at 10:00 local time, with the draw for the qualifying groups made during the Driver's Briefing earlier in the morning. Each group had 10 minutes to complete their fastest lap.
Group 1 saw Bruno Senna, Stéphane Sarrazin, Daniel Abt, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Formuia E new boy Matthew Brabham take to the track at the start of the session. Abt set the pace for the group, with his time of 1:22.342s the best of the group, and enough to see him take third on the grid after the other groups had taken part. Piquet was second in the group but fell to sixth overall, with Senna two places behind in eighth. Brabham pushed the Brazilian hard, taking ninth on the grid, while Sarrazin claimed twelfth overall.
Next on track were Jarno Trulli and Michela Cerruti (both from the Trulli Formula E Team), Karun Chandhok, Franck Montagny and Ho-Pin Tung. Trulli was unlucky not to beat the time set by Abt in the first group, missing out by five thousandths of a second to the young German. Chandhok was next, both in group and overall, setting a time good enough for fifth overall, while Montagny, Cerruti and Tung occupied thirteenth through to fifteenth, their times all within two tenths of each other.
Dragon Racing and e.dams-Renault were to field both their drivers in the third group of the day, and were joined by Nick Heidfeld of the Venturi Formula E Team. Nicolas Prost (e.dams) became the first man to dip under the 1:22.000 barrier, with his time of 1:21.779 remaining unbeaten for the rest of the session. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, his involvement in the accident that cost him victory in Beijing meant that he took a ten place grid penalty, and hence would start in eleventh.
Hence, Oriol Servià was promoted to pole, with team mate Jérôme d'Ambrosio taking second, although the Belgian was later excluded from the results after exceeding the maximum power usage. Sébastien Buemi was also excluded from the results for being underweight, while Heidfeld set a time good enough for seventh.
Last to qualify were the Amlin Aguri duo of Katherine Legge and António Félix da Costa, the Virgin Racing pair Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari and the remaining Abt Audi of Lucas di Grassi. Bird proved to be the quickest in the group, although he could not beat Servia's time and would start the ePrix in second. Di Grassi clipped the wall early on in the group's session, with the damage too severe for him to continue. As the Brazilian limped back to the pits, the sight of his slow car appeared to distract Alguersuari, whom ran wide and hit the wall, meaning that the pair would line up on the ninth row without either setting a time in qualifying. Legge went on to take sixteenth place on the grid, with da Costa pushing himself into the top ten.
Below is a table containing the results from qualifying, with the grid positions identified next to each driver. Di Grassi was not penalised despite his incident with Alguersuari, as there was no contact between the pair.
- * Prost serves a ten place grid penalty awarded in Beijing.
- † Alguersuari and di Grassi race at the steward's discretion.
- ‡ d'Ambrosio disqualified for exceeding the maximum power allowance.
- § Buemi excluded from the result for being underweight.
The ePrix was pushed forward two hours due to a storm which was expected to hit Putrajaya during the ePrix at its original time later that afternoon. Otherwise, the race would proceed as scheduled, with Bruno Senna, Katherine Legge and Beijing victim Nick Heidfeld announced as the three recipients of the FanBoost, to be used at their discretion during the race.
ReportEditOriol Servia took full advantage of his inherited pole position to lead into the first corner, with Daniel Abt tumbling down the order after a poor start. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he was unable to build a lead as the safety car made its first appearance of the season to allow the wreckage of Legge and Michela Cerruti's accident to be cleared. The boosted Brit looked to the inside of the Italian going into the hairpin, only to lock the rear axle on the brakes, sending the Amlin Aguri driver into a spin. Legge collected the innocent Cerruti sending Cerruti into the wall while Legge continued, although her fault in the collision would be identified later.
At the restart, Servia could not lose Sam Bird, whose Virgin Racer was set up perfectly for the Malaysian streets. After sending Servia a dummy into turn four, the Brit was on the inside for turn five, taking the lead from the experienced Spaniard with relative ease. His small lead would not last long, however, as the safety car made its second appearance of the day so that Heidfeld's car could be pulled from the barriers. It had been through no fault of the German's that his race had ended that way, as Franck Montagny made an ambitious move down the inside to overtake the Venturi, although the place he chose to do it in was not wide enough for two to go through.
As the safety car pulled off for the second time there was more drama at the hairpin. As Bird released the throttle on the Virgin to exit the corner and restart the race, Nelson Piquet Jr. locked up, sending himself into a slide. Although he remained unscathed, the resulting action by Senna and Montagny resulted in the latter losing his front wing and the Brazilian waving furiously at the back of his compatriot. Regardless, the race continued, with Bird slowly building a gap to the rest of the field.
Unsurprisingly, Piquet would be the next driver to be repaid for his actions, as an attempted move on Jarno Trulli put the young Brazilian into the wall. Going for a gap that was always closing, Piquet was forced between a Trulli and a hard place, with damage to his steering resulting in his retirement from the race. The veteran Italian would later receive a penalty for his part in the incident, although this would be a contentious issue afterwards.
A flurry of pitstops saw the order remain unchanged, although Abt was now back in contention, having stopped early on to change cars during the second safety car period. Unfortunately, he lacked the power required to keep fighting, and slowly tumbled through the order. Senna, meanwhile, stalked the back of Nicolas Prost, and with just a handful of laps remaining used the fan boost to dive past the son of his uncle's great rival into the first corner.
Bird remained unchallenged, however, and duely took his first ePrix victory, leading home Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi, both of whom had quiet races. Their positions were under serious threat, however, as Senna came charging on, looking to take the Swiss driver into the hairpin. Alas, the Mahindra master was pushing too hard, slipping wide on the way up to the hairpin and slamming into the barrier. Prost was back into fourth, while Jerome d'Ambrosio completed an excellent day to claim fifth, having started dead last.
The final classification of the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2014 Putrajaya ePrix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Nat.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||31||51:11.979||1:25.565||25|
|2||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||31||+4.175s||1:25.224||18|
|5||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||31||+13.772s||1:25.449||10|
|6||5||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||31||+17.158s||1:25.087||8|
|7||6||Oriol Servià||Dragon Racing||31||+18.621s||1:25.582||6|
|8||55||António Félix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||31||+19.926s||1:25.334||4|
|9||3||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||31||+20.053s||1:24.429||4|
|10||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||31||+45.663s||1:26.210||1|
|11||88||Ho-Pin Tung||China Racing||31||+55.833s||1:26.800|
|13||28||Matthew Brabham||Andretti Autosport||31||+1:05.036||1:24.583|
|14||21||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||30||+1 lap||1:24.599|
|15*||77||Katherine Legge||Amlin Aguri||28||+3 laps||1:26.498|
|16†||10||Jarno Trulli||Trulli||28||+3 laps||1:26.712|
|Ret||99||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||China Racing||22||Accident||1:25.252|
|DSQ§||27||Franck Montagny||Andretti Autosport||30||Disqualified||1:24.446|
- * Legge served a 23 second penalty for causing a collision, and serves an additional ten place grid penalty for changing her RESS system..
- † Trulli awarded a 23 second penalty for causing a collision.
- ‡ Heidfeld was excluded from the race result after changing to his second car outside of the permitted area.
- § Montagny (who was hit with a 23 second penalty for causing a collision) was later disqualified from the result on the 27th of March 2015, having tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, a fact which the FIA had investigated after the race meeting.
- Second ePrix to be held.
- First win for Sam Bird.
- Debut for Matthew Brabham and Antonio Felix da Costa.
Lucas di Grassi retained the lead in the table by taking second, with Sam Bird now his closest contender due to his victory. Franck Montagny's disqualification (and ban) meant he would begin his plummet down the table in Malaysia, although he retained third. Nicolas Prost, Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Karun Chandhok were all tied on 18 with Montagny, with Takuma Sato, Daniel Abt and Stéphane Sarrazin the final point scorers.
The Team's Championship was now led by Audi Sport ABT, although their lead was just one point over Virgin Racing. e.dams-Renault leapt into the top three after a strong weekend, with Andretti Autosport heading the otherway due to their failure to score. Trulli remained at the foot of the table, having failed, yet again, score.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Videos and Images:
- Legge takes Cerruti: http://www.electricautosport.com/2014/11/video-formula-e-putrajaya-eprix-race-highlights/
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Putrajaya Circuit', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2014-putrajaya/putrajaya-circuit.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 'Sam Bird seals victory in the Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/sam-bird-seals-victory-in-the-putrajaya-eprix.aspx (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Antonio Felix da Costa to race for Amlin Aguri in Malaysia', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/10/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/october/antonio-felix-da-costa-to-race-for-amlin-aguri-in-malaysia.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Matthew Brabham to race for Andretti in Putrajaya', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/matthew-brabham-to-race-for-andretti-in-putrajaya.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 'Putrajaya ePrix: Qualifying groups', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/putrajaya-eprix-qualifying-groups.aspx (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 'Nicolas Prost clinches pole position for the Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/nicolas-prost-clinches-pole-position-for-the-putrajaya-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Heidfeld, Legge and Senna to receive FanBoost', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/heidfeld-legge-and-senna-to-receive-fanboost.aspx (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 'Race Highlights: Y Capital Management Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/highlights-putrajaya-eprix.aspx (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Franck Montagny disqualified from Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/franck-montagny-disqualified-from-putrajaya-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)