|2017 New York ePrix I|
The first FIA approved circuit in New York City.
|Date||15th July 2017|
|Official Name||2017 Qualcomm New York City ePrix|
|Location||Brooklyn Circuit, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Lap length||1.950km (1.212mi)|
|Distance||43 laps / 83.850km (52.102mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Alex Lynn|
|Team||DS Virgin Racing|
|Fastest Lap||1:03.883 on lap 21|
|Sam Bird||Jean-Éric Vergne||Stéphane Sarrazin|
|Winner Team||DS Virgin Racing|
|Berlin II||New York II|
The 2017 New York ePrix I, otherwise known as the 2017 Qualcomm New York City ePrix, is set to be the ninth round of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, staged in the borough of Brooklyn, New York on the 15th July 2017. The race, which will be the first ever ePrix staged in New York, will also be the first ever FIA sanctioned event to be staged in the United States' financial capital.
There would be a remarkable result in qualifying, as debutante Alex Lynn swept to pole for DS Virgin Racing, beating Daniel Abt. With Championship leader Sébastien Buemi absent due to a calendar clash, Lucas di Grassi had the chance to demolish the gap between them, but could only claim tenth place on the grid.
Abt would snatch the lead with the inside run into turn one at the start, with Sam Bird pulling an identical move Jean-Éric Vergne, much to the Frenchman's ire. The rest of the field barrelled into the opening hairpin behind them, with a lot of minor bodywork damage resulting from a series of collisions.
The opening stages would see the top four draw away from the rest of the field, as di Grassi began his move up the order. The Brazilian would miss contact between Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jérôme d'Ambrosio, which saw the latter thrown into the air, before charging off to catch the top seven.
Back with the leaders and Vergne would lose contact with the top three, allowing Nick Heidfeld to pounce on him on lap nine. This was just moments before Bird launched his car down the inside of Lynn, opening a run that would also carry him past Abt a handful of laps later. Lynn, meanwhile, was left to scrap with Heidfeld and Vergne, but would fall behind them before the pitstop window opened.
A clean pit window saw Bird establish himself in the lead ahead of Vergne, as Heidfeld got caught out as Mahindra miscalculated the minimum stop time. Lynn, meanwhile, would suffer a drive-shaft failure after his stop, putting him out on the spot.
Coming towards the end of the race Felix Rosenqvist was defending fifth place from di Grassi, only to throw himself out of the position on the brakes at the chicane. He rejoined behind Heidfeld, but dropped right to the back of the field as the rear wing was completely smashed.
Onto the final lap and there was to be one last change to the order, as third placed Abt suffered a driveshaft failure while braking for the second hairpin. As he rolled to a heartbreaking stop, Bird completed the final tour to claim his first win of the season, a second clear of Vergne. Abt's demise promoted Stéphane Sarrazin onto the podium after a remarkable run from twelfth on the grid, while di Grassi claimed fourth to carve twelve points out of Buemi's undefended lead.
The double header in New York was originally set to be the season finale for the 2016/17 Championship, staged two weeks after the series first visit to Canada. However, logistical concerns meant that the two events were swapped, Montreal serving as the finale while New York became the penultimate host of the season. The circuit itself went through several different designs before the FIA settled on one, which centred on the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn, right on the harbour front.
There were expected to be some major changes to the entry list ahead of the New York City ePrix, with nine of the regular field also competing in the 2017 edition of the World Endurance Championship. The first confirmed change was announced by DS Virgin Racing, who brought in reserve driver Alex Lynn for the double header, with José María López away in Germany with Toyota's WEC crew. The Brit, who had taken part in the shakedown session at the Mexico City ePrix for DS Virgin earlier in the season, was set to race in the WEC for Manor Racing, but opted for the switch based on his former single seater experience. He would partner fellow Brit Sam Bird for the weekend as the later opted to compete in FE instead of his Ferrari in Germany.
Arguably bigger than Lynn's debut, however, would be conformation that Championship leader, and defending Champion Sébastien Buemi would be absent from both New York ePrix, as Renault e.Dams revealed his replacement for the weekend. Into the #9 pair of Renault Z.E. 16s came 2016 GP2 Series Champion Pierre Gasly, who had spent most of the season racing in Japanese Super Formula. Despite never driving the Z.E. 16, or even the original Spark-Renault SRT_01E, Gasly was expected to perform on his debut, with Renault e.Dams needing a strong weekend to keep their advantage in both Championship fights. As for Buemi, he knew he could lose his Championship lead and face a twenty-six point deficit in Montreal, although his WEC title bid was ultimately the priority.
Inheriting victory in Berlin meant Buemi managed to extend his lead in the Championship to 32 points, leaving him vulnerable to Lucas di Grassi should the Brazilian have a strong weekend in New York. The Brazilian could establish a twenty-six point advantage if he claimed victory, pole and fastest lap in both races on the streets of Brooklyn, meaning the Championship fight would go to the final round. Elsewhere, Felix Rosenqvist moved into the top three after claiming second place, and was still mathematically in the title fight, Nicolas Prost dropped to fourth, while Nick Heidfeld completed the top five.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport had only managed to take two points out of Teams' Championship leaders Renault e.Dams during their home double header, meaning the French squad still had a healthy 58 point advantage. Mahindra Racing were instead threatening the German squad for second, the gap coming down to 22 points after the Berlin double header, with the Indian backed squad over 50 points clear of fourth placed DS Virgin Racing. Techeetah sat in fifth ahead of compatriots NextEV NIO, while Venturi pulled up to a season high eighth place with another point.
The full entry list for the 2017 New York ePrix I is displayed below:
There would be no changes to the qualifying format for the first New York ePrix, as four groups of five cars hit the warming Brooklyn circuit. Each group would have six minutes on circuit, allowing each of the five combatants to set one full power (200kw) lap to try and qualify for the Super Pole shootout. After the group phase the top five fastest drivers overall would go through, each getting a single shot on an empty circuit to try and claim pole position.
The first group of the afternoon would see António Félix da Costa and Robin Frijns hit the circuit for Andretti, sporting their new liveries for the New York ePrix. Jean-Éric Vergne, meanwhile, would hold hopes of making it through to the Super Pole being armed with his Techeetah run Renault Z.E. 16, which was the class of the field in 2016/17. Debutante Pierre Gasly would also be in action, using the Renault e.Dams version of the Z.E. 16, while Loïc Duval's Dragon completed the first quintet.
It would be da Costa who got the ball rolling for the opening group, although a touch on the wall at turn ten ended his hopes of a top ten spot. Teammate Frijns produced a cleaner effort moments later, before Gasly crossed the line after a rather more disappointing run. Duval quietly went about things to record the second fastest time, as Vergne swept across the line to record a 1:03.091, the fastest time of the group.
Nicolas Prost headlined group two for Renault e.Dams, although an uninspiring morning for the French squad meant it was questionable as to whether Prost could make the Super Pole cut. In contrast, it had been a strong morning for Nick Heidfeld in the first of the Mahindras, and so many tipped him to top the group, if not the session. Stéphane Sarrazin had the second Techeetah in action, and was slowly improving, Jérôme d'Ambrosio was quietly confident for Dragon, while Mitch Evans had had a turbulent weekend to that point so was an unknown.
Sarrazin was the man to charge out of the pits first in group two, although it was not enough for him to claim an SP slot, the Frenchman falling half a second shy of teammate Vergne. A scruffy lap from Prost, meanwhile, saw the Frenchman throw any hopes of an e.Dams pole out of the window, while Evans snuck ahead of the two Andrettis overall. Heidfeld, meanwhile, looked promising until a small mistake in the second sector left him shy of Vergne's mark, moments before d'Ambrosio swept home to set the fastest time overall, much to the delight of the Penske run Dragon team.
Having been strong in practice it was debutante Alex Lynn who was tipped to make the grade from group three, although time would tell if the pressure would get to the former GP3 Champion. Championship challenger Felix Rosenqvist was a more certain prospect for Super Pole having topped FP2, while Daniel Abt had the tools to challenge in the first of the ABT Schaeffler efforts. Nelson Piquet Jr. of the NextEV NIO effort, and Adam Carroll from Jaguar were expected to be also-rans.
There would be a huge shock in group three, for it was Lynn, in his first qualifying session using an FE car, who set the second best time of the quintet, sneaking in between d'Ambrosio and Vergne in the Super Pole slots. His effort was ultimately beaten by Abt, but only after Rosenqvist threw away his best effort by locking the rear axle at the hairpin, meaning he was down with the Andrettis at the back of the grid. Piquet was predictably quiet and settled for a mid-table slot, while Carroll managed a rare triumph in beating teammate Evans' time.
The final quintet would finally allow Lucas di Grassi a shot at taking pole, with the Brazilian needing a flawless start to the weekend to entertain any hopes of challenging the absent Sébastien Buemi. He, however, would be fighting with Sam Bird for the honours in the fourth group, with both aiming for Super Pole and beyond. Oliver Turvey would be aiming to out-qualify his teammate Piquet, while the two Venturis of Tom Dillmann and Maro Engel were out to claim top ten spots at best.
Despite the fact that his Championship lied on a strong quali-result, di Grassi simply failed to set a good enough time after a lap blighted by yellow flags. The cause of that title-harming yellow was Engel, whose Venturi simply ground to a halt on his full power lap, denying di Grassi a shot at the Super Pole. Bird, meanwhile, had gone out early and set the fastest time overall, while Turvey and Dillmann had uneventful runs before Engel conked out.
It was Vergne who got things underway in Super Pole, with the Frenchman's group one time just enough to see him scrape through. A clean effort from the Techeetah driver saw him claim a 1:03.537, a quarter of a second slower then he had managed earlier in the day. As he departed it was Lynn who swept in to start his lap, with the Brit producing an effortlessly precise effort to claim provisional pole with a 1:03.296.
Next out was Abt, although the German could not beat the FE rookie, instead having to settle for second with a 1:03.534. Next out was d'Ambrosio, although the Belgian's run was ruined instantly when he threw his Dragon into the first corner, only to have the rear of the car snap sideways in an excellent demonstration of oversteer. Finally it was Bird's turn, but a lack lustre effort from the Brit, a 1:03.557, saw him slip to fourth and effectively hand his debuting teammate Lynn a maiden pole position.
The final qualifying result for the 2017 New York ePrix I are outlined below:
|2017 New York ePrix I Qualifying Result|
|1st||37||Alex Lynn||DS Virgin Racing||1:03.296||—||1|
|2nd||66||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1:03.534||+0.238s||2|
|4th||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||1:03.557||+0.261s||4|
|5th||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:07.203||+3.907s||5|
|1st||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||1:02.806||—||SP|
|2nd||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:02.881||+0.075s||SP|
|3rd||66||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1:02.888||+0.082s||SP|
|4th||37||Alex Lynn||DS Virgin Racing||1:03.009||+0.203s||SP|
|6th||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||1:03.193||+0.387s||6|
|7th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||NextEV NIO||1:03.361||+0.555s||7|
|8th||88||Oliver Turvey||NextEV NIO||1:03.385||+0.579s||8|
|9th||8||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||1:03.433||+0.627s||9|
|10th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1:03.480||+0.674s||10|
|12th||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||1:03.521||+0.715s||12|
|13th||47||Adam Carroll||Jaguar Racing||1:03.555||+0.749s||13|
|14th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:03.637||+0.831s||14|
|17th||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1:04.300||+1.494s||17|
|18th||28||António Félix da Costa||Andretti||1:04.585||+1.779s||18|
|19th||9||Pierre Gasly||Renault e.Dams||1:04.936||+2.130s||19|
The final classification of the 2017 New York ePrix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2017 New York ePrix I Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||43||0:52:29.275||1:04.463||25|
|4th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||43||+6.155s||1:04.658||12|
|5th||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||43||+8.428s||1:05.528||10|
|6th||88||Oliver Turvey||NextEV NIO||43||+8.952s||1:05.677||8|
|7th||9||Pierre Gasly||Renault e.Dams||43||+9.321s||1:04.960||6|
|8th||8||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||43||+10.036s||1:04.992||4|
|10th||47||Adam Carroll||Jaguar Racing||43||+12.073s||1:05.271||1|
|11th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||NextEV NIO||43||+12.977s||1:05.409|
|12th||28||António Félix da Costa||Andretti||43||+13.341s||1:05.356|
|14th*||66||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||42||Driveshaft||1:04.895|
|15th||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||42||+1 Lap||1:04.557|
|Ret||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||35||Suspension||1:04.811|
|Ret||37||Alex Lynn||DS Virgin Racing||23||Driveshaft||1:05.573||3|
|Ret||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||22||Damage||1:04.001|
|Ret||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||18||Damage||1:04.681|
- * Abt was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- First New York City ePrix.
- New York becomes the third US city to host Formula E.
- Debut race for Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly.
- Sébastien Buemi missed an ePrix for the first time.
- Lynn claimed his first pole position in FE.
- It was also the Brit's first points finish
- Fifth pole taken by a DS Virgin Racing driver.
- Fourth victory earned by Sam Bird.
- DS Virgin Racing claimed a fourth victory as an entrant.
- Jean-Eric Vergne and Stéphane Sarrazin earned the first double podium for Techeetah.
- First points finish for Gasly.
Although it had not been the best day for Lucas di Grassi, his fourth place finish was enough to get the Brazilian within twenty points of absent Championship leader Sébastien Buemi. A win, would see di Grassi overhaul the Swiss racer on Sunday, although the former was still in the hunt even if he failed to score. Third placed Felix Rosenqvist, meanwhile, had effectively seen his chance at the title destroyed by his spin in the race, although the Swede could still take the crown if he won the remaining three rounds.
The late race failure for Daniel Abt meant that ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport could only trim a small amount off the gap to Renault e.Dams, meaning the French outfit remained with a healthy 56 point lead. Mahindra Racing, meanwhile, had drifted out of the fight with their double drama in the closing stages, meaning they were suddenly back in a fight with DS Virgin Racing for third. Elsewhere, Techeetah cemented their fifth position after a double podium, while Dragon Racing leapt up to seventh in the four way fight to avoid the wooden spoon.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 'Qualcomm announced as NYC ePrix title partner', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/qualcomm-announced-as-nyc-eprix-title-partner/, (Accessed 27/06/2017)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'From Hong Kong to New York: FIVE NEW CITIES FOR THIRD FORMULA E SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/from-hong-kong-to-new-york/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 'Lynn takes stunning pole on debut', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/lynn-takes-stunning-pole-on-debut/, (Accessed 15/07/2017)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 'Bird soars to historic Qualcomm New York City ePrix win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-soars-to-historic-qualcomm-new-york-city-eprix-win/, (Accessed 18/07/2017)
- ↑ 'FIA RELEASES REVISED SEASON THREE CALENDAR: DATE SWAP FOR NEW YORK CITY AND MONTREAL', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/09/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/september/fia-releases-revised-season-three-formula-e-calendar/, (Accessed 28/09/2016)
- ↑ 'Formula E:Calendar - Brooklyn Circuit', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar, (Accessed 22/05/2017)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 'Alex Lynn gets DS Virgin call-up for New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/alex-lynn-gets-ds-virgin-call-up-for-new-york/, (Accessed 28/06/2017)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 'GP2 champ Gasly replaces Buemi for New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/gp2-champ-gasly-replaces-buemi-for-new-york/, (Accessed 10/07/2017)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 'Formula E Race Results - New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/results/race-results/season/2022016/round/9, (Accessed 15/07/2017)
- ↑ 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 'Di Grassi nets Qualifying Group 4', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/di-grassi-nets-qualifying-group-4/, (Accessed 15/07/2017)