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2017 Valencia Test
Circuit Ricardo Tormo Chicane
The double chicaned Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Test Information
Date 2nd - 5th October 2017
Location Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
Lap length 3.094km (1.923mi)[1]
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
Time Day Laps
1:21.822 3 220
Testing Guide
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The 2017 Valencia Test is an upcoming public test, and the only pre-season test scheduled ahead of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship.[2] Set to be held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the Valencia Test will see all ten Formula E entrants take part, with three days of running on the 2nd, 3rd and 5th of October, 2017.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia was chosen to host the only official collective test for the 2017/18 season after pressure from a majority of the Formula E teams.[2] The series had previously used Donington Park, which also serves as the series headquarters, during its first three seasons, although many complained that the circuit lacked any resemblance to a street circuit.[2] Hence, the much more modifiable Circuit de Valencia was chosen for the 2017 pre-season test, with an additional chicane grafted onto the start/finish straight.[2]

In the week prior to the start of testing it was revealed that former Formula One driver Rio Haryanto would take part in the test, along with Champ Car race winner Patrick Carpentier.[3] What was not made clear was who either Haryanto and Carpentier would drive with, although it was made clear that both of the Spark-Renault SRT_01Es run as demonstration cars would be active at the test.[3] Furthermore, Haryanto confirmed that he would be appearing in a FE car during the second day of testing in search of a race seat.[3]

An almost full entry list for the Valencia Test was published on the day before the test, sporting a number of new faces to the series.[4] Most notable on the list were a number of BMW and Mercedes drivers, with Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes), Alexander Sims and Tom Blomqvist (both BMW) entered for Venturi and Andretti respectively.[4] Venturi would also field two FE virgins in James Rossiter, sharing with Maro Engel, while seventeen year old Moroccan racer Michael Benyahia would get his first taste of FE alongside Mortara.[4]

Entry ListEdit

Below is a complete entry list for the full 2017 Valencia Test across each day:

2017 Valencia Test Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car Days
1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE04 All
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-03 All
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 2 All
4 Italy Edoardo Mortara Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-03 All
Flag of Morocco Michael Benyahia 2
5 Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-03 1-2
Germany Maro Engel 3
6 Switzerland Neel Jani Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Penske EV-2 All
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Penske EV-2 All
8 France Nicolas Prost France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 17 All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 17 All
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey People's Republic of China NIO Formula E Team NextEV NIO 003 All
18 Germany André Lotterer People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 17 All
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M4 Electro All
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 2 All
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M4 Electro 1-2
Spain Daniel Juncadella 3
25 France Jean-Eric Vergne People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 17 All
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States Andretti Formula E Andretti ATEC-04 1-2*
Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist All
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States Andretti Formula E Andretti ATEC-04 1, 3
36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-03 All
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE04 All
68 Italy Luca Filippi People's Republic of China NIO Formula E Team NextEV NIO 003 All
0 Flag of Canada Patrick Carpentier France Spark Racing Technologies Spark-Renault SRT_01E 1
Flag of Indonesia Rio Haryanto 2
Source:[4][5][6]
  • * Sims was to use the #28 cars during day two.[4]

Day OneEdit

It was a bright and warm day in Valencia for the first day of testing, which began at 9:00am on the 2nd October 2017.[7] The morning included the official season launch of the NIO Formula E Team, revealing Oliver Turvey and Luca Filippi as their drivers, while Andretti Formula E revealed their season four livery.[5] On the driver front there were several new faces to Formula E in action, with Edoardo Mortara, James Rossiter (both Venturi), Alexander Sims (Andretti) and Filippi (NIO) in action.[7]

ReportEdit

Circuit Ricardo Tormo

The layout of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo before the addition of the second chicane.

Sam Bird led they way after the morning session, the Brit recording a strong time of 1:18.669, just ahead of defending Champion Lucas di Grassi.[7] Bird, however, was not impressed with the temporary chicane put in down the start/finish straight, leading a chorus of drivers complaining about its construction.[8] Sébastien Buemi was particularly vocal about the chicane design, believing the use of concrete blocks and old tyres to be a dangerous solution to the problem, particularly when FE circuits are required to use "Tech-pro" safety barriers throughout.[8]

The afternoon session would then start with a bang, as Bird smashed into the chicane and seriously damaged one of his two cars, leaving him in the second chassis for the rest of the afternoon.[7] Debutante Rossiter would follow him into the fake chicane barriers later in the day, causing a second red flag of the afternoon and damaging his Venturi.[7] The sister car of Mortara ended up stranded on the circuit bringing out another red flag, as did André Lotterer while testing the Techeetah.[7] Lotterer's teammate Jean-Éric Vergne also ended the session on a flat-bed after spinning himself into a gravel trap.[7]

The afternoon session proved to be the quicker overall, as Turvey moved to the top of the day's timesheet with a 1:18.565.[7] Buemi and di Grassi were next, separated by just 0.002s, while 2016/17 rookie of the year Felix Rosenqvist ended the day in fourth.[7] Bird's morning time was good enough for fifth, the Brit restricted to race runs in the afternoon, with Daniel Abt, Alex Lynn, Vergne, Mitch Evans and Nicolas Prost completing the top ten.[7]

Lotterer proved to be the quickest of the new boys on the opening day, a 1:19.491 set shortly before his breakdown leaving him twelfth overall.[7] Sims produced a good display to best the time of full-time Andretti counterpart António Félix da Costa, while Rossiter beat Mortara in the Venturis.[7] Filippi found himself inbetween the two Venturis, while Neel Jani was unable to set a quali-power lap at all, leaving him three seconds off the ultimate pace.[7]

ResultEdit

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2017 Valencia Test:

2017 Valencia Test Day One Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Fastest lap Gap
1st 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 72 1:18.565
2nd 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 44 1:18.577 +0.012s
3rd 1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 71 1:18.579 +0.014s
4th 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 38 1:18.643 +0.078s
5th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 73 1:18.669 +0.104s
6th 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 85 1:18.697 +0.132s
7th 36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 85 1:18.957 +0.392s
8th 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 49 1:19.016 +0.451s
9th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 72 1:19.063 +0.498s
10th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 82 1:19.097 +0.532s
11th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 42 1:19.117 +0.552s
12th 18 Germany André Lotterer Techeetah 54 1:19.491 +0.926s
13th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 54 1:19.627 +1.062s
14th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 72 1:19.991 +1.426s
15th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Andretti Formula E 67 1:20.094 +1.529s
16th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti Formula E 64 1:20.107 +1.542s
17th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter Venturi 51 1:20.159 +1.594s
18th 68 Italy Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team 69 1:20.642 +2.077s
19th 4 Italy Edoardo Mortara Venturi 32 1:20.712 +2.157s
20th 6 Switzerland Neel Jani Dragon Racing 63 1:21.888 +3.323s
N/A 0 Flag of Canada Patrick Carpentier Spark 10
Source:[7]

Day TwoEdit

After day one complaints and crashes at the chicane on the start/finish straight, the FIA opted to install a second chicane earlier on the straight to lower entry speeds.[9] This change was deemed satisfactory by the drivers on Tuesday morning, meaning the second day testing got underway without issue.[10] Of the drivers themselves there would be a morning run out for Michael Benyahia, while Tom Blomqvist took over the #27 car from Alexander Sims, who himself replaced António Félix da Costa in the #28 Andretti.[10]

ReportEdit

The additional chicane was expected to add around three seconds to the driver's times, meaning an effort in the 1:21.000s would be seen as progress.[10] As it happened, 2015/16 Champion Sébastien Buemi would record the fastest time of day early on, a quick quali-lap in the cooler morning leaving him with a 1:21.890.[10] Felix Rosenqvist came closest to besting the Swiss Champion, claiming a 1:21.934 to end the day in second overall.[10]

However, despite some impressive times, it was inevitable that the chicanes became the centre of attention, although this time without a lot of complaint.[10] Shortly before the lunch break, Oliver Turvey and James Rossiter both clipping the new chicane on the start/finish straight a bringing out red flags.[10] Both cars were heavily damaged after hitting the tyres, although both drivers would manage to complete some laps in the afternoon.[10]

Unlike the first day, most drivers would improve their best times in the afternoon, although not those already in the 1:21.000s.[10] Of those to improve the biggest gains were found by Nelson Piquet Jr., although his 1.400 second improvement was not enough to beat new teammate Mitch Evans.[10] Defending Champion Lucas di Grassi improved during the afternoon, although he remained almost half a second off of rival Buemi's best time.[10]

Elsewhere, Jean-Éric Vergne matched his efforts from the first session, getting into the mid-pack in terms of pace before spinning into the gravel just a few metres from his pirouette the day before.[10] Blomqvist did well to beat Sims, beating his compatriot by a tenth of a second in spite of the latter's extra day of experience, while young Benyahia ended the day at the bottom of the field.[10] Indeed, the young Morocco-born racer was denied the chance to improve as Edoardo Mortara took over the car in the afternoon, although he would only complete ten laps before the Venturi ground to a halt in the pits.

During the lunch break, ex-Formula One racer Rio Haryanto completed a private test in one of the demonstration Spark-Renault SRT_01Es retained by the series, completing thirty laps.[11]

ResultEdit

Below is the full result from the second day of the 2017 Valencia Test:

2017 Valencia Test Day Two Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Fastest lap Gap
1st 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 76 1:21.890
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 57 1:21.934 +0.044s
3rd 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 70 1:21.950 +0.060s
4th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 75 1:22.135 +0.245s
5th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 68 1:22.173 +0.283s
6th 1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 69 1:22.215 +0.325s
7th 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 72 1:22.265 +0.366s
8th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 75 1:22.422 +0.532s
9th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 71 1:22.455 +0.565s
10th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 67 1:22.476 +0.586s
11th 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 72 1:22.525 +0.635s
12th 68 Italy Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team 83 1:22.649 +0.759s
13th 36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 69 1:22.990 +1.100s
14th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 41 1:23.065 +1.175s
15th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist Andretti Formula E 62 1:23.195 +1.305s
16th 18 Germany André Lotterer Techeetah 72 1:23.312 +1.422s
17th 28 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Andretti Formula E 86 1:23.321 +1.431s
18th 6 Switzerland Neel Jani Dragon Racing 89 1:23.654 +1.764s
19th 4 Italy Edoardo Mortara Venturi 10 1:24.176 +2.286s
20th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter Venturi 26 1:25.439 +3.549s
21st 4 Flag of Morocco Michael Benyahia Venturi 25 1:26.122 +4.232s
N/A 0 Flag of Indonesia Rio Haryanto Spark 30
Source:[10]

Day ThreeEdit

After a day of rest and rebuilding, the FE field regrouped for the final six hours of pre-season testing, with no fresh concerns about the circuit since the addition of the second chicane.[12] Driver-wise, there would be some minor changes at Mahindra, with Daniel Juncadella making his testing debut in place of Nick Heidfeld.[6] António Félix da Costa replaced Alexander Sims in the #28, leaving Tom Blomqvist in the #27 pair, while Maro Engel partnered DTM teammate Edoardo Mortara in the Venturis.[12]

ReportEdit

The third day of running would see Oliver Turvey emerge as the fastest man of pre-season testing, the Brit completing an early quali-run to record a 1:21.822, besting Sébastien Buemi's best time from day two.[12] The Swiss racer himself would be down the order having focused on race simulation, leaving him in fifth ahead of the lunch break, leaving Daniel Abt in second.[12] The two DS Virgin Racing cars of Sam Bird and Alex Lynn also got ahead of the Swiss racer, while defending Champion Lucas di Grassi had a quiet morning to finish in fourteenth.[12]

The morning would also be quiet in terms of stoppages, with only two red flags required to pluck a stranded Venturi, and then a misplaced barrier, off the circuit.[12] First to grind to a stop would be Mortara with a glitch after in the middle sector, just as the morning session entered its final thirty minutes.[12] Then, Jean-Éric Vergne clipped a barrier and dislodged and pushed a tyre bale onto the circuit, meaning a second red flag was required to replace the offending item.[12]

The second session saw most of the field fail to improve on their morning marks, leaving Jérôme d'Ambrosio at the top of the afternoon timesheets with a 1:22.252.[12] Others to improve would be di Grassi, who pushed into the top ten with a 1:22.328, while debutante Juncadella found almost a second and a half over lunch to move up the order.[12] Distance-wise, Luca Filippi set the charts smoldering by recording 49 laps, the most of anyone in any single three hour session, although it was di Grassi who covered the most distance over the day overall with 88 tours to his name.[12]

Like the morning session, the afternoon of the final day saw little for the marshals to do, other than pull André Lotterer from the traditional afternoon parking spot for the Techeetahs: turn five.[12]

ResultEdit

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2017 Valencia Test:

2017 Valencia Test Day Three Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Fastest lap Gap
1st 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 73 1:21.822
2nd 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 84 1:21.946 +0.124s
3rd 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 75 1:22.078 +0.256s
4th 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 49 1:22.120 +0.298s
5th 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 65 1:22.247 +0.425s
6th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 65 1:22.252 +0.430s
7th 36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 76 1:22.267 +0.445s
8th 1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 88 1:22.328 +0.506s
9th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 79 1:22.383 +0.561s
10th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 70 1:22.432 +0.610s
11th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 66 1:22.457 +0.635s
12th 68 Italy Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team 79 1:22.487 +0.665s
13th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 74 1:22.645 +0.823s
14th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti Formula E 76 1:22.979 +1.157s
15th 6 Switzerland Neel Jani Dragon Racing 64 1:23.102 +1.280s
16th 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella Mahindra Racing 56 1:23.564 +1.742s
17th 4 Italy Edoardo Mortara Venturi 54 1:23.619 +1.797s
18th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist Andretti Formula E 61 1:23.692 +1.870s
19th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 50 1:24.100 +2.278s
20th 18 Germany André Lotterer Techeetah 70 1:24.172 +2.350s
Source:[12]

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
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