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Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 London ePrix II
London Layout
The Battersea Park circuit
Race Information
Date 28th June 2015
Official Name Visa London ePrix
Location Flag of London Battersea Park, London
Lap length 2.92km (1.81mi)
Distance 29 laps / 84.68km (52.62mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter France Stéphane Sarrazin
Team Monaco Venturi
Time 1:23.901
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Fastest Lap 1:26.790 on lap 24
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio France Loïc Duval
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing
Time 45:48.792
ePrix Guide
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London I Beijing
 
I couldn't have dreamt for a better ending

–Alejandro Agag,[1]

The 2015 London ePrix II, advertised as the Visa London ePrix, was the second of two races held in London, England, and served as the final race of the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship.[2] Using the same Battersea Park based circuit as used on the Saturday, the Second London ePrix was the first ePrix to be held on a Sunday, and would see the Champion crowned.

In a dramatic finale to the season, Stéphane Sarrazin was stripped of victory, handing Sam Bird his second Formula E victory at his home race.[3] The race also saw Nelson Piquet Jr. clinch the title, with Sébastien Buemi falling less than half a second short of the fourth place he needed to take it for himself.[3]

BackgroundEdit

With just 24 hours passing since the Saturday race, there were no changes to the entry list, although there were modifications made to the circuit. The bump at turn one, which had seen temporary barriers narrow the circuit to prevent cars getting airborne, had been eliminated by resurfacing over night.[4] The modification meant that the Second ePrix of the weekend could start from the grid rather than behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety car as had happened on Saturday.[4]

Champions e.dams-Renault could not rest easy overnight on Saturday, with the First London ePrix dragging Sébastien Buemi into the favourite category for the Driver's title on Sunday, his victory leaving him five points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet also found himself under pressure from behind, with Lucas di Grassi also closing the gap to the front, with Piquet's Saturday performances suggesting he was pushing very hard to keep with his rivals.

Saturday had seen the title fight cut in half, with Sam Bird (who was eliminated from the battle after qualifying), Nicolas Prost and Jérôme d'Ambrosio all falling outside of the 30 point margin they needed to keep their title hopes alive. They now found themselves in a battle for fourth in the Championship, along with Jean-Eric Vergne, whose pace on Saturday could have seen him take victory. Other battles to be fought in the Championship were to be found over ninth, with Daniel Abt leading compatriot Nick Heidfeld by just one point, with a further ten cars within striking distance.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2015 London ePrix II is displayed below:

2015 London ePrix II Entry List
No. Nat. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
3 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
6 France Loïc Duval 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 Switzerland Alex Fontana 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 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
55 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
77 Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR Spark-Renault SRT_01E
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. NEXTEV TCR Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Source

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

The familiar qualifying format was followed once again in London's second race, with the draw being made in the EMOTION Club.[5] As qualifying approached, however, a series of dark clouds began to drift over the British capital, meaning that the first wet qualifying session in Formula E history could seriously affect the title battle.[6]

Group 1Edit

It was the Venturi pair of Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin who would lead out the final qualifying session of the season, joined on circuit by Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Bruno Senna and Alex Fontana.[5] Heidfeld and Sarrazin had been on the pace all weekend, as had d'Ambrosio, with all three expected to be solidly in the top ten, particularly as the skies darkened over London as they left the pits.

None of the drivers were particularly happy with their times afterwards, but with the clouds starting to burst as they completed their laps, their joy was set to soar.[6] Sarrazin took provisional pole ahead of d'Ambrosio, while Senna took third ahead of Heidfeld.[6] Fontana's difficult début weekend looked set to continue with the Swiss driver the slowest of the group.[6]

Group 2Edit

The second Trulli Formula E Team machine of Jarno Trulli emerged in group two, alongside Sam Bird, Loïc Duval and Salvador Duran.[5] But all the attention was on Sébastien Buemi, who was upset to find himself in the second goup, and annoyed when the rain began to fall on the Battersea Park circuit as he made his way round to start his flying laps.[5]

Buemi would be more disappointed by the time the group ended, finishing the session in provisional sixth, as Duval and Bird managed to pull enough time out to take third and fourth respectively.[6] The session ended with more rain falling onto the circuit, with Trulli a second and a half off team mate Fontana's time, while Duran took a provisionally best qualifying result of eighth behind Buemi and Heidfeld.[6]

Group 3Edit

Nelson Piquet Jr.'s chance came in group three, as he joined Daniel Abt and Jean-Eric Vergne, two former pole sitters, out on circuit.[5] Also in their group were the two rookies, Fabio Leimer and Sakon Yamamoto, with the seasoned professionals looking set to top the group's times, and push for the overall pole.[5] However, the steady rain between the end of the first session and through the second continued, meaning an increasingly damp track greeted them.[6]

As the drivers wound themselves up for their first flying laps, Yamamoto got caught out, putting his Amlin Aguri machine into the barrier, bringing the session to a temporary hault.[6] The session resumed after five minutes, but the track conditions had deteriorated since, meaning Piquet ended the group in twelfth overall, behind Vergne.[6] It was an impressive display by Piquet nonetheless, as he threw his Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the circuit, getting sideways at virtually every corner in an attempt to find time.[6] Abt struggled in the wet, while Leimer's inexperience cost him potential time, with Yamamoto not setting a time.[6]

Group 4Edit

Title outsider Lucas di Grassi had smiled when the groups were first drawn, but became glum as the circuit got wetter through the session.[5][6] He was to be joined by Simona de Silvestro and Karun Chandhok, as well as the team mates of his title rivals, Nicolas Prost and Oliver Turvey.[5] Yet, as their session approached, the rain stopped, meaning they had a chance to beat the group three times.[6]

And so it proved, although di Grassi remained visibly upset after only managing to take eleventh, in truth the best he could have hoped for.[6] Turvey impressed taking twelfth, almost beating the Brazilian, while de Silvestro and Prost barged their way above Piquet and Vergne.[6] Last in the group was Chandhok, whom struggled with the rear of his car throughout the session and ended the session dead last, but ahead of Yamamoto.[6]

Post QualifyingEdit

With no penalties after qualifying, the grid remained unaffected, with the FIA opting to remove the 110% rule for the session, which would have seen half of the cars fail to qualify.[6]

2015 London ePrix II Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Time Grid
1 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 1:23.901 1
2 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:23.935 2
3 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:24.107 3
4 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:24.241 4
5 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:24.318 5
6 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1:24.385 6
7 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1:25.494 7
8 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 1:25.649 8
9 18 Switzerland Alex Fontana Trulli 1:25.689 9
10 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 1:27.093 10
11 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 1:32.570 11
12 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 1:33.626 12
13 28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 1:34.167 13
14 27 France Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport 1:35.032 14
15 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:35.111 15
16 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NEXTEV TCR 1:35.284 16
17 3 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 1:35.543 17
18 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 1:38.473 18
19 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:41.232 19
NC* 55 Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri No Time 20
Max Qualifying Time: N/A
  • * Yamamoto starts at the stewards discression

RaceEdit

The FanBoost announcement was made shortly before the race started, with two of the three title contenders gaing the five second boost.[7] Nelson Piquet Jr. and Sébastien Buemi would have their fans to thank for voting for them, while the home crowd also awarded Oliver Turvey, after his impressive début on Saturday.[7] With the summer heat drying the circuit out before the start, the final race of the season was set to be dry, and kicked off at 16:00 GMT.[3]

ReportEdit

Wheel spin at the front of the field saw the top four remain in grid order, as Buemi jumped Bruno Senna for fifth while the field compressed around the slow starting Alex Fontana.[8] That was good news for Piquet, who moved up four places on the first lap, and crucially got past Nicolas Prost, Buemi's team mate, as the Frenchman got boxed in behind Fontana.[8] The top four began to pull away over the following laps, with Buemi finding space to set fastest lap early on, with which he would win the title by five points as things stood,

It soon became clear that Piquet was trying to save the maximum amount of energy that he could, as he settled in at the head of a train of cars, and fell well behind Oliver Turvey, his team mate.[3] The Brazilian looked to be relying on a safety car, which became increasingly likely as the race went on.[3] The first incident saw Fabio Leimer, in the Piquet procession, lock up his rear wheels into turn three, sliding into the back of Simona de Silvestro, with Leimer losing the end plate of his front wing.[8]

Sakon Yamamoto used that, and de Silvestro's move on Jarno Trulli, to gain a couple of places, before attempting to pass Trulli into the same corner Leimer had made his mistake.[8] Again, the Japanese driver found himself unable to slow, and collected the back of the Italian's car, breaking his front suspension and ending his race.[8] Trulli suffered minimum damage and continued, having lost both time and places, yet still, Piquet's safety car did not emerge.[3]

Nor did it when Nick Heidfeld ground to a hault in the pitlane, with the German pushing his car down the remainder of the entry to change into his second car, although he would ultimately retire through lack of energy. Piquet's race did benefit, however, as he stayed out an extra two laps, while Sam Bird, at the front of the field, managed an extra lap over his rivals for the lead.[3] As Piquet remained in eleventh after his stop, Bird outpaced Loïc Duval for third, and then pushed Jérôme d'Ambrosio hard for second.[3]

The title fight, meanwhile, took a dramatic shift after the stops, as Buemi, safely in fifth place, spun on cold tyres, losing fifth to Senna and falling into the sights of Lucas di Grassi, now with nothing to lose.[8] It got worse for the Swiss driver when his country man Leimer crashed into the barriers at the penultimate chicane, finally bringing out the safety car that Piquet needed.[3] That dragged Piquet onto the back of the point scoring positions, and with an extra 12% of power relative to his competitors. The title fight was now fully on.

Bird pounced on d'Ambrosio for second at the front as Turvey neatly allowed Piquet through without allowing Prost to gain a position as well. That move saw Piquet now just three points behind Buemi, which suddenly closed to one when Turvey set the fastest lap. It was then that Piquet showed the class that had earned him his title chance, as he swung his NEXTEV TCR machine around the outside of Salvador Duran in turn thirteen, putting him in eighth place, and one point in the lead of the Championship,[8] It also saw him put his sights on his two title rivals, with Buemi and di Grassi in sixth and seventh.

A stalemate emerged over the next few laps, with Piquet dropping back to avoid contact with rival di Grassi and attempt to set fastest lap, while Buemi pushed to retake Senna. Bird, meanwhile, set an impressive fastest lap (quicker than his qualifying lap on Saturday) as he pushed Sarrazin closer and closer to his energy limit. It was then that the title got tasty, as two of the lead cars lost their final energy reserve.

Sarrazin was hit first, hitting 0% energy with over half a lap to go, with Bird crawling all over him.[8] Then, as the pack approached the final chicane, on the final lap, Duval slowed to prevent his car dropping below the maximum energy limit, causing Senna and Buemi to jump on the brakes. As Sarrazin fended off Bird into the final corner to win, Buemi forced his way up the inside of Senna, only to see the Brazilian stamp on the power on the exit of the chicane and pull across his e.dams machine.[8]

Buemi therefore missed out on the title by just one point and, in terms of the race, just half a second, as Piquet crossed the line in eighth.[8] With several cars under investigation, there was some tension as to who had finished where, with the FIA quick to announce that only one driver had received a penalty.[8] That man, awarded a 49 second penalty for exceeding the maximum power usage, was Sarrazin, which gave Bird the win and did not affect the title result.[3] Ergo, with no further modifications to the result, Piquet was confirmed as the Champion, the first in Formula E, after a race which Alejandro Agag responded to thus: "I couldn't have dreamt for a better ending."[1]

ResultEdit

The final classification of the 2015 London ePrix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2015 London ePrix II Race Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 29 45:48.792 1:26.790 27
2 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 29 +6.973s 1:28.155 18
3 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 29 +9.430s 1:28.052 15
4 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 29 +10.147s 1:27.912 12
5 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 29 +10.689s 1:27.839 10
6 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 29 +11.204s 1:28.316 8
7 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NEXTEV TCR 29 +11.561s 1:26.847 6
8 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 29 +12.402s 1:28.362 4
9 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 29 +14.142s 1:27.463 2
10 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 29 +14.535s 1:28.287 1
11 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 29 +23.170s 1:28.310
12 28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 29 +24.610s 1:28.520
13 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 29 +31.501s 1:29.234
14 18 Switzerland Alex Fontana Trulli 29 +38.423s 1:30.112
15* 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 29 +48.680s 1:27.752 3
16 27 France Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport 28 +1 lap 1:27.139
Ret 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 23 Retired 1:27.609
Ret 3 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 17 Accident 1:29.862
Ret 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 14 Damage 1:30.377
Ret 55 Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri 6 Accident 1:30.843
Source
  • * Sarrazin awarded a 49 second penalty for exceeding the maximum power usage for the race.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

So Nelson Piquet Jr. rounded out the season as the Champion, beating Sébastien Buemi by just a solitary point, while Lucas di Grassi missed out by eleven. Jérôme d'Ambrosio snatched fourth away from Nicolas Prost, who fell to sixth after Sam Bird's victory, with Jean-Eric Vergne the first of those not to complete the full season in seventh. Bruno Senna scored his first points since the Long Beach ePrix to take tenth place, with Stéphane Sarrazin and Salvador Duran the only other big movers on the final day.

e.dams-Renault won the Team's title on Saturday, and announced that they would be a manufacturer backed team in 2015/16, the first team to confirm so.[9] Audi Sport ABT, meanwhile, had trailed the French team since almost the first race of the season, but found themselves overhauled by Dragon Racing, whose double podium shot them up to a surprise second in the Teams' Championship. NEXTEV TCR and Virgin Racing rounded out the top five, with the Trulli Formula E Team rooted to the foot of the table.

 
2014/15 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 144 ◄0
2 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 143 ◄0
3 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 133 ◄0
4 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 113 ◄0
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 103 ▲1
6 France Nicolas Prost 88 ▼1
7 France Jean-Eric Vergne 70 ◄0
8 Portugal António Félix da Costa 51 ◄0
9 France Loïc Duval 42 ▲4
10 Brazil Bruno Senna 40 ▲2
11 Germany Daniel Abt 32 ▼2
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 31 ▼2
13 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 30 ▼2
14 France Stéphane Sarrazin 22 ◄0
15 Flag of the United States Scott Speed 18 ◄0
16 France Franck Montagny 18 ◄0
17 Flag of India Karun Chandhok 18 ◄0
18 Spain Oriol Servià 16 ◄0
19 France Charles Pic 16 ◄0
20 Italy Jarno Trulli 15 ◄0
21 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran 13 ◄0
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 4 ▲1
23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2 ▼1
24 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato 2 ◄0
25 Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 1 ◄0
2014/15 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 France e.dams-Renault 232 ◄0
2 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 171 ▲2
3 Germany Audi Sport ABT 165 ▼1
4 People's Republic of China NEXTEV TCR 152 ▼1
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 133 ▲1
6 Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 119 ▼1
7 Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 66 ◄0
8 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 58 ▲1
9 Monaco Venturi 53 ▼1
10 Switzerland Trulli 17 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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