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2015 Punta del Este Test
Punta Layout
The Punta del Este circuit
Test Information
Date 20th December 2015
Location Uruguay Playa Brava Beach, Punta del Este
Lap length 2.80km (1.74mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Time Day Laps
1:13.218 1 51
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 The 2015 Punta del Este Test was the only in-season test for the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championsip, held in Punta del Este on the 20th of December 2015.[1] Held on the day after the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix, race winner Sébastien Buemi broke his fastest lap from the ePrix weekend to set the fastest time of the Test.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Like the previous year's test, the 2015 Punta del Este Test was held on the Sunday after the ePrix. Sébastien Buemi had dominated the day before, his only mistake coming in qualifying, although the track modifications prevented the Swiss driver from breaking the record set by Stéphane Sarrazin in the last test. Most teams were expected to evaluate their cars after the first three races, completing a mix of quali-esque simulations and battery life tests.

NEXTEV TCR, meanwhile, were to allow Da Sheng Zhang a debut in a Formula E machine, with the Chinese driver sharing the day's running with Oliver Turvey. The development cars run by Spark would be absent from the test, preventing any development running for the chassis makers.

Day OneEdit

Following the same format as the previous year's test, the test was to be run over a single day in two sessions.[1] Dry and mild conditions bathed the circuit once again, although lighter winds meant that less sand was dragged onto the circuit.

ReportEdit

Sébastien Buemi once again displayed his natural pace, setting a time two seconds quicker than his lap in qualifying, the then fastest time of the weekend.[1] His time of 1:13.218 also became the "unofficial" lap record for the Punta del Este circuit, almost a second and a half faster than Stéphane Sarrazin's time from 2014.[1] Jean-Eric Vergne and Nicolas Prost were the only men to get within a second of Buemi's best time, an encouraging performance for both given their poor displays on Saturday.[1]

Stéphane Sarrazin survived a scrape earlier in the day to set the fourth fastest time, although he was two tenths off of his pace from 2014.[1] Completing the top five was António Félix da Costa, who was the best of those using the season one technology, ahead of two of the three NEXTEV TCR entries.[1] Loïc Duval, Sam Bird and Oliver Rowland also made it into the top ten, with Bird completing the most laps of anyone during the day, lapping the circuit 83 times.[1]

The bottom of the table contained both ABT Schaeffler drivers, with Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt focusing on long running rather than one lap pace.[1] Jacques Villeneuve missed the race but completed the Test, beating di Grassi, while Nathanaël Berthon stuggled to match the pace of his rivals.[1] Last of all, and over ten seconds behind, was Da Sheng Zhang after his first taste of Formula E, limited through his sharing with Oliver Turvey.

931 laps of the Punta del Este circuit were completed in the test, meaning drivers completed a combined distance of 2,606.8km (1,619.8mi), about 400km short of the 2014 total.

TimesEdit

2015 Punta del Este Test Times
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Fastest lap Gap
1 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 51 1:13.218
2 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne DS Virgin Racing 60 1:13.753 +0.535s
3 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 73 1:13.888 +0.670s
4 4 France Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 35 1:14.886 +1.668s
5 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Team Aguri 46 1:14.949 +1.731s
6 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NEXTEV TCR 45 1:14.990 +1.772s
7 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey* NEXTEV TCR 52 1:15.058 +1.840s
8 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 58 1:15.184 +1.966s
9 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 83 1:15.285 +2.067s
10 23 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 44 1:15.402 +2.184s
11 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 48 1:15.570 +2.352s
12 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 78 1:15.575 +2.357s
13 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti Autosport 54 1:15.581 +2.363s
14 66 Germany Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 34 1:15.742 +2.524s
15 28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 72 1:15.765 +2.547s
16 12 Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve Venturi 48 1:16.366 +3.148s
17 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 40 1:16.598 +3.380s
18 77 France Nathanaël Berthon Team Aguri 10 1:18.633 +5.415s
19 88 People's Republic of China Da Sheng Zhang* NEXTEV TCR 52 1:23.311 +10.093s
Source
  • * Turvey and Zhang shared the #88 cars for NEXTEV TCR over the day.[1]

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References: 

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 'Buemi flies in Punta test', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-flies-in-punta-test.aspx, (Accessed 21/12/2015)

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