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Miami Layout
The Miami ePrix layout for 2015.
Race Information
Date 14th March 2015
Official Name 2015 FIA Formula E Miami ePrix
Location Flag of Miami Miami, Florida, USA
Lap length 2.17km (1.35km)
Distance 39 laps / 84.63km (52.59mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter France Jean-Eric Vergne
Team Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport
Time 1:05.953
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Fastest Lap 1:07.969 on lap 29
ePrix Result
First Second Third
France Nicolas Prost Flag of the United States Scott Speed Germany Daniel Abt
Winner Team France e.dams-Renault
Time 46:12.349
ePrix Guide
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The 2015 Miami ePrix became the fifth ePrix of the inaugural 2014/15 FIA Formula E Season, when the city of Miami held it's first ePrix on the 14th of March 2015.[1] The race was won by Nicolas Prost of e.dams-Renault, whom also became the championship leader.[2]

Débutante Scott Speed claimed second for Andretti Autosport after team mate Jean-Eric Vergne claimed pole in qualifying.[2] Daniel Abt completed the podium, while Nelson Piquet, Jr. took the points on offer for fastest lap.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Andretti Autosport announced Scott Speed and Jean-Eric Vergne as their drivers for the first ePrix to be held in the United States, meaning that Andretti had fielded six different drivers over the first half of the season.[3] Speed had already tested for the team at Donington Park over the summer, and replaced Marco Andretti who missed Miami due to other commitments.[3]  Charles Pic also returned to the grid, although this time occupying the seat of Ho-Pin Tung at China Racing with the Chinese chaser absent due to other commitments.[4]

Elsewhere, Dragon Racing proclaimed that Loïc Duval would race for them in around the Miami streets, with Oriol Servia heading into the boardroom as a partner and managing director.[5] The future line-up at Dragon Racing is yet to be confirmed, with Duval committed to Endurance projects with Audi, and Servia dedicated to running the team rather than racing.[6] Another debutant in Miami would be Vitantonio Liuzzi, who joined Trulli GP after Michela Cerruti withdrew her entry with the team for 'professional reasons'.[7]

Lucas di Grassi came to North America in the lead of the championship, although his gap had been reduced to ten points by Sam Bird in Buenos Aires. Sebastien Buemi (whom retired in Argentina as did di Grassi) sits in third, with 21 points separating first from fifth in the championship. Antonio Felix da Costa impressed in Argentina to take a shock victory for Amlin Aguri, meaning he came to Florida in sixth place overall.

e.dams-Renault, meanwhile, had pulled out a small gap in the Team's Championship, with an eleven point gap over Virgin Racing. The good form of  Audi Sport ABT had ended in Buenos Aires, leaving them in third, the best placed American team was in fourth, with Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing battling over that position in both the previous ePrix. Amlin Aguri gained the most in Argentina, however, as they leapt to eighth after da Costa's victory.

Entry ListEdit

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

2015 Miami 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 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 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 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 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
88 France Charles Pic China Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Source

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the Miami ePrix of 2015 was held at 12:10, and ran as usual for an hour.[8] 10 minutes was given to each group to set a time, with the fastest man overall starting from pole and taking home three points.[8]

Group 1Edit

Miami ePrix - onboard lap01:26

Miami ePrix - onboard lap

Loic Duval mastering Miami.

Loïc Duval got his first taste of a Formula e qualifying session as the first time setter of the day, joined by the e.dams duo of Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost, Jarno Trulli's own entry, and Nick Heidfeld in the Venturi.[8] Buemi and Prost had already shared three of the season's four pole positions before Miami, and went into the session as favourites.[8] Heidfeld and Trulli, meanwhile, would simply have been hoping to turn their previous misfortunes around, but that would be more difficult than they had perceived.

Prost claimed the honour of being fastest in the group, edging out Heidfeld by four tenths of a second, with Buemi a further half a second behind.[9] Trulli managed to get within a tenth of the second e.dams car, while Duval struggled with his new equipment, his fastest time over three seconds slower that Prost's potential pole setter.[9] It was not all doom and gloom for Duval, however, after Heidfeld was excluded for exceeding the maximum power usage limit, meaning the German would start from the back row.[9]

Group 2Edit

Another débutante featured in Group 2, as Scott Speed joined Sam Bird, Karun Chandhok and the Audi Sport ABT boys, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt on the circuit.[8] Di Grassi came to Miami as championship leader, and after his retirement in Buenos Aires was now under pressure from Sam Bird, whom had been stronger than him in qualifying throughout the season. Chandhok, Abt and Speed were therefore expected to watch as the championship leader and his nearest challenger went head to head.

So it proved, as Bird went to the top of the group, just missing out on Prost's time by 0.003s, with di Grassi taking seventh overall just two tenths behind.[9] Abt managed to squeeze his ABT car in between the title contenders, claiming fifth overall just half a tenth behind BIrd, while Speed looked to be on the pace of the field, setting a time ultimately good enough for tenth.[9] Chandhok was almost a second off Speed's time, before becoming the second victim of the day to an energy use penalty, dumping him to the back of the grid.[9]

Group 3Edit

Charles Pic was joined on his return to Formula e by team mate Nelson Piquet, Jr., Jean-Eric Vergne, Stephane Sarrazin and the third and final debutant, Vitantonio Liuzzi.[8] As the only other driver to take pole, Vergne was one of the favourites for the session, and had a time to beat with Prost having run earlier. Piquet had become increasingly strong as the season progressed, while Sarrazin, like team mate Heidfeld, was battling luck as well as electricity coming into the session. For Liuzzi and Pic, setting a competitive time was more the aim of the game.

Vergne showed his pace once again, taking pole away from Prost, beating his fellow Frenchman by two tenths, before almost being toppled himself.[9] Piquet, who came to Miami with a five place grid penalty from Buenos Aires, stunned the paddock by claiming second behind Vergne, missing out on pole by less than half a tenth.[9] Sarrazin became another barrier that di Grassi would have to bypass after claiming sixth overall, with Liuzzi joining Speed in the mid-grid pack.[9] Pic, however, struggled at the tail end of the Group, only managine to beat Duval on the overall board, and more than two seconds slower than Vergne.[9]

Group 4Edit

Rounding out qualifying were the Amlin Aguri drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Salvador Duran, Jaime Alguersuari in the second Virgin, Jerome d'Ambrosio's Dragon and Bruno Senna for Mahindra.[8] None of the drivers in the final group were expected to challenge for pole, despite da Costa's surprise victory in Argentina, with mid-grid a fair result for all involved.

D'Ambrosio took the final honour of topping his group by claiming eighth overall, beating Alguersuari by 0.001s in ninth.[9] Duran couldn't beat the debuting duo of Liuzzi and Speed, and so settled for twelfth, beating a disappointed da Costa by almost a second.[9] Senna split the pair in the group, with his time good enough for fifteenth in the final qualifying standings.[9]

Post QualifyingEdit

The final result of the qualifying session is displayed below.

2015 Miami ePrix Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Time Grid
1 27 France Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport 1:05.953 1
2* 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 1:06.003 7
3 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:06.167 2
4 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:06.170 3
5 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 1:06.225 4
6 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 1:06.389 5
7 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 1:06.424 6
8 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:06.502 8
9 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 1:06.503 9
10 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 1:06.527 10
11 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 1:06.836 11
12 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 1:06.888 12
13 9 Switzerland Sebastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1:07.037 13
14 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 1:07.163 14
15 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:07.283 15
16 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri 1:07.678 16
17 88 France Charles Pic China Racing 1:08.243 17
18 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:09.454 18
EXC† 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1:06.510 19
EXC† 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:07.223 20
Max Qualifying Time: N/A
  • * Piquet served a five place penalty given to him after Buenos Aires.[9]
  • Heidfeld and Chandhok excluded for exceeding the maximum power usage.

RaceEdit

Before the race, the FanBoost result was announced, with Salvador Duran, Bruno Senna and pole sitter Jean-Eric Vergne gaining the five second power boost.[10] There were no changes to the grid (other than those already applied immediately after qualifying) with the ePrix scheduled to start at 16:00 local time despite the earlier delay during practice.[10]

ReportEdit

Vergne got off the line cleanly to take an early lead in Miami, as Nicolas Prost cost himself a position by tagging the back of the Andretti Autosport machine into the first corner.[11] Sam Bird took advantage to take second a few turns later, while Charles Pic suffered an early spin to drop him out of the chasing pack half way round the opening lap.[11] Otherwise, a clean opening lap in Miami to start the first ePrix to be held in North America.[11]

Vergne and Bird established a small lead for themselves in the early stages, as battles emerged throughout the field.[2] Scott Speed's first ePrix saw him in a battle with FanBoost bouyed Duran, whom used his extra 30kwh of power down the main straight to get past on lap three.[11] Unfortunately for Duran, Speed positioned himself to the inside of the next left hander, preventing Duran from taking the position into the next corner.[11] At the front, meanwhile, Bird was increasing the pressure on Vergne as energy use came to the fore.[11]

The field continued to be separated by a matter of seconds as the race approached half distance, with numerous moves taking place, but rarely succeeding.[2] The debuting Vitantonio Liuzzi had made a stunning start to leap into the top ten, but was soon found to be more of a road block than a challenger, with a queue of cars behind him.[11] Among them was Loïc Duval, who tried to move past Senna on the inside of turn five, only to see Senna gain better traction on the clean side of the circuit and pull back ahead.[11] Moments later Senna made a move Duran, while, at the front, Bird and Vergne were getting physical at the front.[11]

Bird then grabbed the lead into turn five on lap 20, with Vergne heading in to the pits immediately after as Bird continued on.[2] Unfortunately for the Brit, a misjudgement by himself and the team meant he had to crawl around the lap using minimal power, removing him from the lead battle.[2] Vergne, however, did not have it all his own way, as a delayed pit stop was followed by power issues, dropping him even further down than Bird to last.[2] The complexion of the race was therefore completely changed after the stops, with a surprise in store for the rest.[2]

Daniel Abt emerged in the lead of the ePrix, with Prost, di Grassi and, for the time being, Vergne, in close attendance.[2] Another surprise was the looming presence of Speed, whom had a perfectly timed stop (exactly 63 seconds, the minimum stop time permitted by the FIA) to leap into contention on his debut.[2] It wasn't long before Speed began to close, taking Vergne three laps after his stop, claiming fourth and latching onto the back of di Grassi.[11] Vergne tried to hold the position into turn six, but was left on the outside of the turn and dropped back.[11]

Nelson Piquet, Jr. was another man on a charge, a long stint in the first car meaning he had a significant power advantage over the rest of the field.[2] Yet, as he caught as passed Vergne, Speed was making his move onto the podium.[11] As the leading quartet came across the battling duo of Liuzzi and Karun Chandhok, Speed almost had a chance to take third at the kink on lap 33, before launching a confident move a lap later into turn five.[2] Di Grassi fell away, while Speed became one of the favourites for victory, and managing a two percent power advantage over his competitors.[11]

With just two laps to go, Prost sprung a move on Abt out of turn eight, claiming the inside into the corner and down the main straight.[11] Abt tried to challenge, managing to get two thirds down the side of the e.dams car, before having to back out of the move as the pair entered the braking zone for turn one.[11] It was an open door, therefore, for Speed, whom had picked up a good slipstream from the battling duo and was able to dive into the space that Abt had ceded to Prost.[11] It was then to be a lap and a half duel to the finish between Speed and Prost for victory.[11]

Under pressure as they started the final lap, Prost got out of shape through the chicane, tapping the wall out of turn eight and losing a fair amount of speed down the straight.[11] Despite this, he held on to the position, with Speed too far back to take advantage into turn one.[11] He opted to set up for turn five, but a clean exit out of turn four gave Prost an advantage that he held to the line.[11] Speed would have to settle for second on his debut, while Abt successfully held off a late charge by Jerome d'Ambrosio for third.[2] D'Ambrosio had been a quiet force in the race, but a quiet race was a valuable one for Dragon Racing, with Duval also claiming points for seventh.[2]

ResultEdit

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

2015 Miami ePrix Race Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 8 France Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 39 46:12.349 1:08.916 25
2 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 39 +0.433s 1:08.786 18
3 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 39 +5.518s 1:08.918 15
4 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 39 +5.941s 1:08.739 12
5 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 39 +6.426s 1:07.969 12
6 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri 39 +8.754s 1:08.481 8
7 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 39 +9.498s 1:08.391 6
8 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin Racing 39 +19.817s 1:08.718 4
9 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 39 +20.631s 1:09.021 2
10 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran FanBoosticon Amlin Aguri 39 +24.587s 1:08.710 1
11 3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 39 +43.883s 1:08.854
12 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Venturi 39 +47.878s 1:08.863
13 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 39 +1:04.587 1:08.390
14 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 39 +1:23.539 1:08.768
15 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Trulli 38 +1 lap 1:09.511
16 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 38 +1 lap 1:09.777
17 88 France Charles Pic China Racing 38 +1 lap 1:09.264
18 27 France Jean-Eric Vergne FanBoosticon Andretti Autosport 37 +2 laps 1:08.857 3
Ret 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 31 Retired 1:08.824
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna FanBoosticon Mahindra Racing 25 Suspension 1:08.947
Source

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Prost now left Miami in the lead of the championship, holding a seven point margin over Lucas di Grassi, the first time all season that someone other than the Brazilian had led the championship. Sam Bird also dropped a place to third, with Sebastien Buemi the biggest loser in the title chase, falling two places to fifth. Nelson Piquet, Jr. was now sat in fourth, while Speed joined four other drivers sat on 18 points in mid-table. Daniel Abt was another big winner, jumping ten places up the standings to ninth overall.

In the Team's championship, e.dams-Renault increased their advantage at the front of the field, despite Buemi failing to score at all. Audi Sport ABT now sat as their closest challenger, but just a point ahead of Virgin Racing whom they overtook. Further down, Andretti Autosport retained their lead over Dragon Racing in the battle of the American teams, while Amlin Aguri climbed another place in the table thanks to Antonio Felix da Costa and Salvador Duran both claiming valuable points.

 
2014/15 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 France Nicolas Prost 67 ▲3
2 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 60 ▼1
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 52 ▼1
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 49 ▲1
5 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 43 ▼2
6 Portugal António Félix da Costa 37 ◄0
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 34 ▲1
8 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 26 ▲1
9 Germany Daniel Abt 19 ▲8
=10 France Franck Montagny 18 ▼1
=10 Flag of the United States Scott Speed 18 ▲10
=10 Flag of India Karun Chandhok 18 ▼1
=10 Brazil Bruno Senna 18 ▼1
14 Spain Oriol Servià 16 ▼2
15 France Jean-Eric Vergne 14 ▲1
=16 France Charles Pic 12 ▼3
=16 Italy Jarno Trulli 12 ▼3
18 France Loïc Duval 6 ▲2
19 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5 ▼3
20 France Stéphane Sarrazin 3 ▼2
21 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato 2 ▼2
22 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran 1 ▲1
2014/15 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 France e.dams-Renault 110 ◄0
2 Germany Audi Sport ABT 79 ▲1
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 78 ▼1
4 Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 62 ◄0
5 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 56 ◄0
6 People's Republic of China China Racing 49 ◄0
7 Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 40 ▲1
8 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 36 ▼1
9 Switzerland Trulli 12 ◄0
10 Monaco Venturi 8 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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